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Alot of water/pee and no thick urates, is this normal??

Discussion in 'Leopard tortoises' started by CleoTheLeo, Nov 15, 2019.

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  1. CleoTheLeo

    CleoTheLeo Active Member

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    I've moved my tortoise indoors for the winter and she is in a greenhouse in my room. Every couple of days I would hear this sound that honestly sounded like a pregnant womens water breaking. Thats the only example I can think of to explain it. Every time I heard it, my tortoise would be somewhere hidden. But today she was on her "loft" so I could see her and she started to poop and I heard that sound. I saw alot of urine or stored water everywhere. I was wondering if this is normal? I have never seen her have thick white urate, the only thing I have ever seen is maybe a little white stuff in her water bowl and grit. So was she releasing urate and stored water. I was also wondering if this means shes well hydrated, because I've ready many times that it should be thick and white.
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    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    I've never experienced urates.
    Just pee
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Tortoise Club

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    Urates is a species thing. I never see leopard urates.
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    Ray--Opo Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    I would think that the amount you say she pees and how often. She is getting enough water. Do you know how she drinks her water? From a water dish or while soaking?
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    Normal. Leopards are very messy. They "pee" a lot and drink a lot. This is a good sign that your tortoise is well hydrated.
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    She has a water dish and I've been soaking her alot more lately. Thank you for your reply!
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    Ok, great. Thank you for your help! I figured she would be well hydrated, but all the information I've ready about leopard tortoises mentions white urates.
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    Oh ok, interesting. Thank you for your reply! I've always read, even for leopards, about the thick white urates being a good sign of hydration.
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    Thank you for your reply!
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    Urates are formed when they are not well hydrated enough. Most people don't keep them well hydrated.
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