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Worried about tortoise
Posted: 22/03/2013 by Kkthy

Hi, need some advice. We got our horse field tortoise a couple of months ago. We were told he was about 2 years old. We have him in an open top tortoise table with heat & uv lamp. He was fine at first but in the last few weeks he just goes into his hide all the time. He won't eat or drink. If we put him back under his lamp he stays there 4 a while & then just hides again. He's so inactive. We have been bathing him as that is the advice we got from the local vet. Any advice would be welcome as we just want him to start eating & being active like he was when we first bought him home.

Re: Worried about tortoise
Posted: 23/03/2013 by Tom

A tortoise in a tort table, properly set up should feed every day. Block off the hide, they are not necessary. What temperature is it below the basking lamp? Contact the seller. Let us know what they say. Minimal handling to reduce stress. 'Bath' once a day. Can you send a pic. of it? Let us know the above please.

Re: Worried about tortoise
Posted: 26/03/2013 by Tom

How is it getting on? Let us know as we may be able to give further advice if necessary. Where did you buy it & what advice did they give you?

Re: Worried about tortoise
Posted: 27/03/2013 by TPGDarren

There are obviously a whole range of reasons why this might be happening. The most common are heat and food.
May I please ask what the ambient room temperature is during the day and also the basking spot?
Another very common reason for inactivity is overfeeding. Tortoises, particularly juveniles, are largely only active when seeking out food. It should be eating roughly the same amount that covers the shell each day. If, for example a tortoise is eating two days worth in one day, he will have no need to come out for a day or two as they have a slow metabolic rate and will be digesting food



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