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    Sudden deaths of RF hatchlings

    Good to know. I knew the RAL test doesn’t check for everything but it’s just some good things to check for but didn’t know of the other company. I’ll have to save that info.
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    Sudden deaths of RF hatchlings

    You can do testing directly through RAL and save a ton vs going through the Vet. The tortoise respiratory panel covers a few good things to check for. https://www.vetdna.com/
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    Sudden deaths of RF hatchlings

    Anywhere from 1.0 - 3.0 on the UVI but the most important key in my opinion is that they have ways to escape the light if they don’t want it so that it’s a choice. Safe fake plants or real depending on the enclosure. I use arcadia t5s. I really don’t worry about the UVB too much for redfoots as...
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    Sudden deaths of RF hatchlings

    Thank you ❤️ that youngster in the left middle is the first one I ever hatched. She’s about three years old now. When she first hatched, I was absolutely adamant that she would never pyramid, anything less than perfectly smooth was unacceptable in my mind lol and I hit these forums like crazy so...
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    Sudden deaths of RF hatchlings

    There’s definitely a ton I could write, but I’ll try to keep it as brief as possible. But when they pip I immediately move them off of the incubation medium to hatch onto damp paper towels, and move them to another very humid incubator that I treat as the brooder box Tom mentioned. They live...
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    Sudden deaths of RF hatchlings

    If they are started correctly, they grow very well and very quickly. They usually hit 50 g for me within a month or two and generally 90 to 100 g within four months. Six months is not a bad rule but I’ve seen plenty of sellers selling six month old tortoises that are still only 40 g somehow, so...
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    Sudden deaths of RF hatchlings

    The main thing that stuck out to me in your question was that you’re discussing 30-35g Redfoots, that’s likely the main issue because they should never be sold at that size. That’s the average redfoot hatch weight, that means the babies are being hatched and immediately sold. Young tortoises...
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    Repashy Superpig

    I like the rephasy grub pie. It’s made from black soldier fly larvae. It’s not something I feel they have to have but it’s something I give every now and again just to change things up. I haven’t given it in quite a while. I also give dried black soldier fly larvae, one of their favorite snacks...
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    Overheating, previous penile amputation.

    I’ve been meaning to post an update but every time I think to something comes up. Anyway, Smaug did end up having elevated white blood cell count, pointing to infection. He did a whole nother course of antibiotics. He seems OK but still super low energy and doesn’t really want to do anything...
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    Overheating, previous penile amputation.

    Yes, I have a solar meter all of my different T5’s are still good and putting out the right amount of UVB. Gets plenty of soaks, daily when indoors. Under normal instances he also gets lots of outdoor time. There could be damage from the surgery. That’s what we will have to see or just an...
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    Overheating, previous penile amputation.

    I’ve been trying to wait for more news before I post an update, but I’m still waiting. The blood test at the emergency vet did not include white blood cells frustratingly. The primary vet thinks he probably does have an infection so they did the test for the white blood cell count, but we are...
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    Overheating, previous penile amputation.

    He’s walking slow but walking today and he ate really good.
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    Overheating, previous penile amputation.

    Yes, I also agree that it is all probably linked but I don’t remember them saying anything about hyperglycemia on the previous blood test, so I’m definitely going to be asking the vet what the levels were before, I’m impatiently waiting for the primary vet to be open again on Monday. The...
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    Overheating, previous penile amputation.

    Yes, no stones were found and no constipation when he was having the prolapses. The whole thing has been so strange.
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    Overheating, previous penile amputation.

    As far as diet goes they get a diverse amount of variety that I rotate through. At least two different types of greens every day and fruit about 2 to 3 times a week. Turnip greens, collard greens, dandelion greens, arugula, radicchio, endive, escarole, prickly pear cactus, kale. Typical fruits...
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    Overheating, previous penile amputation.

    Yes, that’s what I have been doing since last August, but never saw any improvement but certainly at this point he’s back in his own enclosure and isolated again. And possibly indefinitely, it’ll be a long time before I’d be comfortable even trying to reunite him again.
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    Overheating, previous penile amputation.

    I thought she meant hypoglycemia at first as well and was thinking of it that way but then when I checked the paperwork it’s actually hyperglycemia so the blood sugar is too high. I was reading about Diabetes mellitus occurring in Chelonians as a possible cause but still researching. There’s a...
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    Overheating, previous penile amputation.

    I don’t post here much, but I am a longtime follower and have dived deep into threads over many years here and have learned so much. I am currently completely lost with the situation going on with my tortoise Smaug. It’s a long story but I feel leaving parts of it out wouldn’t give the full...
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    Caatinga Cherry Heads. Anyone else skeptical?

    I have 3 of these ‘Caatingas’. I have luckily had no issues personally but I was warned back in 2021 when I got them that many people have had issues with them. Mycoplasma was reported by one zookeeper owner. I’ve also noticed a trend of now calling any lower color, cherry head a Caatinga...
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    Stressed cherryhead

    Cherryheads do for sure have a more ‘rude’ (best way I can think to describe it lol) personality in general, but varies considerably amongst individuals. I used to house my cherries and Northerns together and they were fine I believe simply because of the group size. I separated the Northerns so...
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