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#1 Mekoides

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Posted 06 January 2016 - 05:17 PM

I was bathing my baby Hermann tortoise this morning and came across what looks like a hole forming on his underside. I have no idea what's going on please help - can you post pictures?

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Posted 06 January 2016 - 05:38 PM

Hi,

If you add some photos that would help, to add them click on more reply options then click on attach files then you can add the photo. :)



#3 Mekoides

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Posted 06 January 2016 - 06:17 PM

Here he is. He's fine other than that wound. Eating and drinking lots, urinating and pooping fine and is quite active. He does keep rubbing his belly (or what I assume to be itching) on the soil and cuttlefish - looks like he's dancing - for long amounts of time though. :(

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Posted 06 January 2016 - 06:23 PM

In the middle there

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Posted 06 January 2016 - 06:40 PM

It looks like an unhealed belly button. How heavy is he and where did you get him from? You need to bath this area carefully daily with diluted videne or Hibiscrub.

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Posted 06 January 2016 - 06:59 PM

Would that explain the scratching?
He is 36grams, I got him from a private breeder, he came with certificates and such.
I'm not 100% sure on the age but I've had him for about two months and she said he was around two months

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Posted 06 January 2016 - 10:09 PM

His certificate will give his age, but that size is older than two months, more likely a year or more. If he came to you before his belly button had healed, it could well have become infected. It could be fungal, which would itch and could spread, so needs treating.

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Posted 07 January 2016 - 09:46 AM

I've just bought some hibiscrub. Do I need to change the soil if it's fungal?
Thanks for your help.

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Posted 07 January 2016 - 12:26 PM

I would keep him on something that could be changed regularly while treating it, it could take several weeks. It could be fungal or it could be bacterial. So long as he is eating normally I wouldn't treat it as an emergency, but if eating stops then get to a vet for a mire aggressive treatment as septicaemia can develop from severe shell problems




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