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loss of appetite
Posted: 05/01/2012 by horsefeild123

hey just wondering what this is all about . its been going on for about a month now , my tort has had a dramatic loss of appetite like eating and then just giving up. He is young so i really want him to keep healthy .Any recommendations to get him to i guess like food again ? all answers will be greatly appreciated :)

Re: loss of appetite
Posted: 06/01/2012 by tortoise7

Hi and Click and drag me down to the editor

Can you please just answer some questions so that a better picture can be seen, and more accurate advice given?
Where did you buy him from & how long have you had him?
What species is he?
How old is he?
How are you housing him and what lighting/heat source do you have?
Are you providing water and giving daily baths?
Sorry for all the questions, just need to be clear that the right advise will be given

Re: loss of appetite
Posted: 06/01/2012 by horsefeild123

hey thank for the reply he is a Russian tort .i have had him snce july ....wasent told the age but he is still small.i use uvb and heat all in one lamp .i give him a bath every second day.i provide fresh water and he drinks n his bath to :)

Re: loss of appetite
Posted: 06/01/2012 by horsefeild123

i went and got him some new types of food that were recommended and he seems to be fond of the water cress and radish and a little bit of wild rocket ....he didnt eat that much but more than he has been .

Re: loss of appetite
Posted: 06/01/2012 by horsefeild123

Re: loss of appetite
Posted: 07/01/2012 by tortoise7

What temps are in the basking area and the cool area? I would give him a bath everyday while he is not eating so that you can keep him well hydrated. Has  he passed soft white urates and solid stools?
To encourage him to eat, I would try a small piece of cucumber and then smear it over his food, which is dusted with nutrobal. Have you weighed him?
Here is a link to a very good website that will give you advice on what plants are available this time of year

He looks about 7-10 yrs old to me, it is very hard to tell exactly because it depends on how he has been fed previously.

Re: loss of appetite
Posted: 08/05/2012 by christine williams

we have hadhimabout 30years and his history wecan verifyputs himat about70 years.
heis graeca whitei. he livesloosein the garden
but `I put him in the greenhouse and have been
giving him warm baths.


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