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#1 garywomack1986

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Posted 03 December 2016 - 11:16 AM

The past couple of weeks squirt as not been eating and last week he dug down in his soil and was there for 2days i got worried so i dug him out and he was out for a couple of days but hes dug his self down again and been there for 4 days now i have still been putting his light on but still wont come out so today i have left his light of will he be ok to leave light off and just leave him to come out on his own

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Posted 03 December 2016 - 11:49 AM

He's obviously winding himself down to hibernate. Don't let him dig down under lamps as this will dehydrate him. You need to dig him up each day, give a warm bath and keep him feeding, or bite the bullet and hibernate him. Is he a horsfield?

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Posted 03 December 2016 - 12:44 PM

Hes not under light ive got abit of fake turf and hes dug under that and its nice and damp under there and i dint know if i should keep putting the light on and let him come out on his own

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Posted 03 December 2016 - 12:45 PM

And yeah hes a horsfield

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Posted 04 December 2016 - 11:39 AM

He's using the fake grass as a hide and trying to hibernate. I'd wind him down if he was mine as once horsfields have gone into this mode there's not much chance of stopping them. I'd be wary of using fake grass as it could be retaining too much moisture around him and might contribute to shell rot. Straight soil is the way to go with these little burrowers.

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Posted 04 December 2016 - 06:54 PM

I dug him out today gave him a bath gave him his favourite food which he hasnt tuched and dug straight back down wasnt even out 3hrs i also weight him and hes lost 12g i 4weeks im getting worried

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Posted 04 December 2016 - 08:29 PM

If he's not eaten for two weeks then he will lose some weight, it's natural during wind down. How long have you had him and what did he weigh before he stopped eating? Is everything else about him normal, such as eyes, mouth etc? The fact that he's digging down is a positive sign, a sick tortoise would most likely stay on the surface hiding in a corner. Horsfields are incredibly stubborn when it comes to hibernation, especially shop bought ones which are often wild caught/imported. Keep humidity up for him, but don't have the substrate too damp at this point. Have a look here www.tortsmad.com/russians.htm

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Posted 04 December 2016 - 09:28 PM

I got him in feb and he was 119g 4 weeks ago he was eating a little bit every other day but he asnt eaten anything for 2 weeks and when i bathed him today his eyes looked fine but dint look in mouth and his shell looks fine and i keep watering his soil to keep it moist and ive been keeping his temps around 32 through day but as been dropping cold over night

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Posted 05 December 2016 - 05:18 PM

So what does he weigh now? I'm guessing he is around four years old.

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Posted 05 December 2016 - 07:55 PM

He weighs 102g now and and im not sure how old he ive had him since feb and the lad i got him of said he was about 18months but be wrong

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Posted 05 December 2016 - 10:41 PM

Horsfields are really greedy as they normally only eat for three to four months in the wild, then come winter they just stop eating as they would need to wind down quickly for the long months underground. Unless he is otherwise sick, I'd let him hibernate to be honest.

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Posted 06 December 2016 - 06:17 PM

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