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#1 Etienne

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Posted 06 May 2016 - 06:54 AM

Hi there

The last 2 days I've walked in on Etienne under his lamp, head completely outstretched and limp and all his legs splayed in various directions. He looked dead. He eventually came round but is this normal? Is he just having a cheeky siesta under the lamp?

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#2 wizzasmum

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Posted 06 May 2016 - 12:31 PM

What are your temps, humidity etc? Tortoises stretch their legs and head to take in uvb, but it's not good for them to sleep under lamps especially if on the hot side and if very tiny hatchlings.

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Posted 06 May 2016 - 07:26 PM

Oh god......I feel terrible

I have no idea in which case I think I need recommendations on thermometers.

I'm a terrible tortoise mummy

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Posted 07 May 2016 - 10:36 AM

Tortoises need a temp of 30-32 degrees to be able to digest their food and to metabolise various substances. This is why we don't have a natural population in the uk ;) if your temps are too high, the chances are that your tortoise will be basking around the edges of the hot spot. If too low then he will stay in the hot spot longer and possibly fall asleep, which can leD to dehydration and possibly death. Hydration is very important and so he needs a chance to replenish supplies by soaking if he's found like this. Look for a digital laser theromemeter ( lots on eBay for less than £10) and use the point and shoot method to determine correct temps throughout his habitat.

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Posted 07 May 2016 - 05:16 PM

Reasons like this are exactly why I signed up to here. He is in and out of his (shallow) water all day and does mix up where he goes.

I will get straight onto ebay now. Thank you for your help!

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Posted 07 May 2016 - 08:34 PM

If he's drinking a lot it's a sign of dehydration. Do you water your substrate at all? This helps with hydration, they dig down overnight and maintain hydration doe to humidity ;)

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Posted 10 May 2016 - 06:11 PM

He tends to just walk through it without stopping to try and climb up the sides.

I do water the substrate though.

Just waiting on my thermometer to arrive now from Ebay!




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