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Not eating
Posted: 04/01/2009 by Munster

Hi


We are a bit worried as Tuga isn't eating again. He hasnt' eaten in the last 3 days and very little for abit a week. We have tried him with all sorts of weeds, cucumber lettuce etc, but he wont' eat anything. I have tried it will Nutrobal and without. He either pushes it away with his nose or walks away from it.


He sleeps all day even in the bath!!!. I have started to bath him twice a day to see if that would make him more active but it doesnt. I have check the temps and they are all ok. He had a wee yesterday and it was all fine, but no number 2, which is not surprising if he hasnt eaten.


Munster is eating Ok but sleeping more than normal, but Tuga sleeps all the time.


Tuga weighs 104g and measures 8.5cm as of this morning.  


Is there something we can do? Oh he worries us so much.


 


Cheers


Catherine, Jon, Munster & Tuga Click and drag me down to the editor

Re: Not eating
Posted: 04/01/2009 by TPGDarren

Hiya,

Can you please confirm what species they are?

TC
Darren

Re: Not eating
Posted: 04/01/2009 by Munster

Hi Darren

Thanks for the quick reply.

Sorry should have said they are both Hermans.

They are both about 17 mnths old.

The reason we haven't hibernated them this year is Munster was ill and we only got Tuga at the end of Oct. We decided that we didn't want to risk it this year but to be full prepare next year.  

 

Cheers

Catherine

Re: Not eating
Posted: 04/01/2009 by TPGDarren

Hi Catherine,

It isn't anything to worry about and is quite usual for this time of year for their body-clocks to kick in. A lot of people have concerns about tortoises slowing down this time of year

HTH
Darren

Re: Not eating
Posted: 04/01/2009 by Munster

Hi Darren

Thanks for putting our mind at rest.

 

Cheers

Catherine

Re: Not eating
Posted: 04/01/2009 by TPGJo

Hi Catherine,

 

Just to add to what Darren has said, whilst her appetite isn't so good (and it is quite common at this time of year for over-wintered torts) make sure she's getting a warm bath every day and she is well hydrated.

Jo

Re: Not eating
Posted: 05/01/2009 by beckyzazou

Hi,

Just wondering if your temps are ok through the night. I'm sure that you have already thought of this but I find that this is the most easy thing to overlook in my opinion.

I quite often set my alarm clock and take a peek and different intervals every few weeks when overwintering torts. It's amazing how temp slows them down.

Re: Not eating
Posted: 07/01/2009 by Munster

Thanks for the advice.

I will check in the nights. What would be a good temp?

Catherine

 

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