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Sleepy Tort
Posted: 03/07/2010 by Munster

Hi

Please can someone help?

We have a 4yrs old Herman and the last 3/4 weeks all he does is sleep. We had him wormed 3 weeks ago, he is bathed everyday and is eating Ok (less than he used too) but he doesnt get up to go under the lamp and when you put him there after about 30mins he goes back to bed. We have checked the temps and the are all fine. We have another herman and he is as active as ever.

Does anyone have any advice please? We are quite worried about him.

Thanks

Catherine

Re: Sleepy Tort
Posted: 03/07/2010 by TPGDave

Hi Catherine,

The hotter weather has seen a drastic change in the behaviour of my Hermanns, a lot more resting up diring the hottest part of the day. If your tortoises are indoors the warmer weather also bumps up room temperature and consequentially the temperature of the baaking spot. Could be a reaction to the heat. However, worming trearment can really knock the stuffing out of a tortoise for a time, this is also a potential cause of the lethargy. It mat be worth ringing the vet who wormed the tortoise (were both wormed by the way) just to check with them. You could try getting hold of a product called reptiboost which is added to drinking/bathing water. This contains electrolytes and other goodies which may give your tortoise a boost. It also contribuyes to the reestablishment of friendly bacteria in the gut, which can be affected by worming treatments I believe. You can grt reptiboost online or from vets.

Hope this helps, lets us know how it goes.

Dave

Re: Sleepy Tort
Posted: 03/07/2010 by TPGDave

Hi Catherine,

The hotter weather has seen a drastic change in the behaviour of my Hermanns, a lot more resting up during the hottest part of the day. If your tortoises are
indoors the warmer weather also bumps up room
temperature and consequentially the temperature of the
basking spot. Could be a reaction to the heat.
However, worming treatment can really knock the
stuffing out of a tortoise for a time, this is also a
potential cause of the lethargy. It may be worth ringing
the vet who wormed the tortoise (were both wormed
by the way) just to check with them. You could try
getting hold of a product called reptiboost which is
added to drinking/bathing water. This contains
electrolytes and other goodies which may give your
tortoise a boost. It also contributes to the
reestablishment of friendly bacteria in the gut, which
can be affected by worming treatments I believe. You
can get reptiboost online or from vets.


Hope this helps, let us know how it goes.

Dave

Re: Sleepy Tort
Posted: 03/07/2010 by TPGDave

Wooo de ja vu. We really need an edit button on this forum. :) sorry i posted twice, read the one with the correct spelling please :)

Re: Sleepy Tort
Posted: 04/07/2010 by Munster

Hi Dave

Thanks for the advice. Thinking about it he was like this last year after we wormed him. I called my local reptile shop and they had reptoboost, so i am going to bath him in that this afternoon.

They were both wormed, but Tuga is a lot smaller, so it must have effected him in a different way.

Thanks again - going to bath him now.

Cheers

Catherine

Re: Sleepy Tort
Posted: 05/07/2010 by TPGDave

Hi
One little thing with the reptiboost bath, give the tortoise a wash off in plain water afterwards. It contains maltodextrine, a sugarlike substance which gets a bit sticky as it dries.

 

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