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Tortoise Blood
Posted: 16/05/2009 by fi_S_2000

I have two Russian Tortoises, about 5 years old and when cleaning them out this morning, I noticed some red in their enclosure.  It looked almost like blood, although was bright red.  I checked both of them for any cuts etc and couldnt see anything.  Has anyone else experienced this, is there any known problem which I should be aware of?

Thanks for any help

Re: Tortoise Blood
Posted: 16/05/2009 by wilsonathome

just a thought.....   had they been eating red cabbage or lettuce as this gives wee a redish tinge

Re: Tortoise Blood
Posted: 17/05/2009 by tpgNina

If it was bright red, then I'm not sure what to say. Was it like a liquid? Was it associated with a poo? I would just keep a close eye on them and if you see it again then a visit to a good tortoise vet might be in order. Let us know how you get on.


Re: Tortoise Blood
Posted: 17/05/2009 by fi_S_2000

No, diet has been normal, weeds such as dandilions and plantain - nothing red.  The red is bright scarlet red too, not just a tint, it's almost as if food colouring has been spilt, although I would be less worried if that were the answer!

Re: Tortoise Blood
Posted: 17/05/2009 by TPGDarren


"I've contacted Kevin, the TPG vet and he has answered as follows:-
I suspect one is a male and has in the process of prolapsing his hemipenis has grazed it and it is oozing a little fresh blood.

If the owner is worried then it needs to go to a vet for assessment and will need endoscopic examination to check for the source of the blood. I have sewn these up before."


Re: Tortoise Blood
Posted: 21/05/2009 by tpgadmin


I'm wondering if there is any update on how this little tortoise is doing now.  Has there been any more blood that you have noticed?



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