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Nervous New Owner

18 April 2015 - 09:56 AM

Shelly is fairly new to us, We believe she is a Horsefield about ten years old. She is 14cm long. We hibernated her this winter( her first time) and all went well until she came out of hibernation. She got an viral infection and had a course of antibiotics at the vet. Her nose was bubbling and she did not eat. Now about six weeks on her infection seems to have cleared and she is eating and fairly active. I have been giving her baths most days and sometimes adding marmite (on the vets advice) Her weight is not going up however which worries me. Yesterday she ate nothing but today is eating. She came out of hibernation at 930g and has now fallen to 840g. How concerned should I be? She is living in the plastic box that she arrived with(73cm x 43cm) and has a warm spot at one end (30 degrees underneath). We sometimes put her in the garden on a warm day but  finds a cold corner and head plants. She does not seem to want to bask in a warm spot to get going but to head for the cold. Although I do not like to see her in a confined space I suspect she does better there than outside. I have never had a tortoise before and am ignorant as to their behaviour, this has been a steep learning curve! Any advice from experienced owners would be very helpful....