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  1. Maryalice

    How to get the torts to like Mazuri

    I have been (trying) to feed my 2 baby torts soaked mazuri wrapped in veggie leaves then sliced up. So that they will be forced to eat them, I withold their salads (mixture of grass and low-oxalate, low-protein veggie leaves) for a while. However they eat only a couple of mouthfuls and use the...
  2. Maryalice

    Unending eating concerns

    This is a continuing saga of my baby sulcatas - Frankie is 6 months old and Harriet is 4 months old. Frankie is my first baby who I suspect was started dry. He's been thru a lot - RI in his 4th month and was treated with 6 antibiotic shots for 2 weeks; 1 stone-hard urate; and irregular pooping...
  3. Maryalice

    Can probiotics help regulate poop?

    My now 6-month old sulcata, Frankie, is gaining weight, but is pooping at most, 2 times per week. I have been mixing more cucumbers or squash as well as mineral oil drops in his food. I believe he is well hydrated: 30-45 minute daily soak, access to water 24/7, humidity ranges from 80%-100% day...
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    Thriving sulcata hatchling

    After about 3 or so worried posts on the health issues of my dry-started 5-month old sulcata hatchling, I thought I would post good news that he is now thriving. Frankie will be turning 6 months in a week, and I am thrilled to report that he seems to be over the "bump" (of what could have been...
  5. Maryalice

    No urates and little poop

    Hello again co-tort carers. Since my 5-month old sulcata, Frankie, survived a bout of RI a month ago, i have been making some changes to my 2 torts' enclosures, i.e., adding 2 humid hides (one each on the cool and warm side), replacing all my uv and uvb bulbs with incandescent bulbs, and...
  6. Maryalice

    A possible case of Austwickia?

    Hi co-Tort Parents, After heaving a sigh of relief and celebrating Frankie's (my 5-month old sulcata) victory over respiratory infection (RI), we find another cause for concern - a white-yellow bump near his right eyebrow. I have read the thread about austwickia chelonae, and am very concerned...
  7. Maryalice

    Uncontrollable shaking of tortoise's hind leg

    Hi tort carers. My 4-month old sulcata shook his left hind leg while soaking today. I thought it was because the water may be too hot, so I immediately took him out of the water. The shaking stopped, then resumed after a few seconds, then stopped again. This shaking then stopping happened 3...
  8. Maryalice

    Is there hope for respiratory infection in a baby sulcata.

    I would like to know if a baby sulcata's respiratory infection ever gets resolved. My Frankie is 4 months old and s/he contracted respiratory infection more than a week ago. The vet prescribed 0.01 ml shot of doxycycline every 3 days. Frankie just had her/his 3rd shot yesterday, but his/her...
  9. Maryalice

    New sulcata mom

    I am a new tort mom, having acquired a 3-month old sulcata, about 2 months ago. I live in a very humid, tropical area (Manila). I am housing my baby in a 50-gallon aquarium, covered the lower part with black paper so s/he could not see through it, covered the bottom with reptibark, placed 1 hide...
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