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Tortoise coughing?
Posted: 14/01/2010 by Supertack

I've had two 6/7month old herman tortoises for just over a month and they seem to have been getting along just fine. Its only recently I heard a squeak come from the table, i checked it out and they were both fine. Later on I was watching them again and one of them did something that looked like a cough with the sqeaking noise again, over the past day or two this tortoise has also grow slightly less active aswell, I'm abit worried. Does anyone know whats up? 

Re: Tortoise coughing?
Posted: 14/01/2010 by TPGDarren

Hiya,

May I ask where you got them from, whether their noses are dryand whether you have had their stool samples checked for worms please?

TC
Darren

Re: Tortoise coughing?
Posted: 15/01/2010 by Supertack

I bought them off a lady in oxford who cares for them for a breeder. I havent had it checked, no. Should I? They seem very healthy when i recieved them, how do they get worms?

Re: Tortoise coughing?
Posted: 15/01/2010 by Supertack

Oh and yes, noses and eyes apear normal.

Re: Tortoise coughing?
Posted: 15/01/2010 by VivTPG

Hi, they can get worms from the food they eat if not washed, also if from a pet shop they would be passed around from tort to tort.  In some cases the torts mother could have passed them on.  It is recommended to have a check, you dont have to take the torts just drop a sample off and they will let you know the results and administer the worm treatment if necessary.

Let us know how you get on, regards Vivienne

Re: Tortoise coughing?
Posted: 15/01/2010 by Supertack

Right, I'll try and find a sample then. I will let you know, thanks.

Re: Tortoise coughing?
Posted: 15/01/2010 by VivTPG

Great, dont forget it needs to be a fresh sample, pop it in a sandwich type bag is the easiest!

Good luck, Vivienne

 

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