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#1 Sumes


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Posted 19 November 2016 - 10:58 AM

Hi, I've been the proud keeper of Marcel for three weeks and need some help as I'm concerned he's not settling well. He's around 18 months old.
For the first week he spent a lot of time out of his hiding place toddling around, eating well and generally going about his business.
However, for the past 10 days he gets up and eats well for about half an hour (he's gained a gram in weight since we've had him) then it's back to bed and we don't see him again until the following morning unless we get him up for a bath which we do every other day.
When he is up he's bright eyed and alert and doesn't have any outward signs of ill-health - we'd just like to see more of him.
I've followed all the advice about light and heat with warmer and cooler areas but don't know what else to do to stimulate activity.
Any advice gratefully received. Simon

#2 wizzasmum


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Posted 19 November 2016 - 05:25 PM

Hi Simon, welcome to tortoise keeping. You've got two main issues here, one is that being new he is going to hide more and secondly it's a bad time of year to buy a new tortoise as they are highly geared to hibernation and therefore will not be spending as much time above ground as usual. There is probably nothing wrong with your little one as he's gained a little weight, so keep up hydration and try to be patient until spring time. My own babies are not 'very interesting' right now and won't be available to new homes until the spring other than to people who already have them for this reason. Hope this helps ;)

#3 Sumes


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Posted 19 November 2016 - 07:13 PM

Thanks Sue, that's a weight off my mind!

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