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I was taught that when your tortoise was sick you should raise the temperature on him. My thermometer is chest high, I seriously doubt that the plywood floor is 93 degrees. It feels cold to my touch.
Anyhow, when Bob started acting this way I turned up his heater like what I was taught, and now I have y'all telling me he's too hot. He has a plywood floor over 1 foot of open space over cold earth. So I don't think Bob is too hot. I just did what I was taught. When you think your tortoise is sick, when he starts acting sick you raise the temperature on him. That's what I did. The normal temperature in the shed is much less then 93 degrees.
I am not an expert either Chad, I was just doing what I was taught. Bob started acting sick so I increased the temperature in his shed.
 

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maggie3fan said:
I was taught that when your tortoise was sick you should raise the temperature on him. My thermometer is chest high, I seriously doubt that the plywood floor is 93 degrees. It feels cold to my touch.
Anyhow, when Bob started acting this way I turned up his heater like what I was taught, and now I have y'all telling me he's too hot. He has a plywood floor over 1 foot of open space over cold earth. So I don't think Bob is too hot. I just did what I was taught. When you think your tortoise is sick, when he starts acting sick you raise the temperature on him. That's what I did. The normal temperature in the shed is much less then 93 degrees.
I am not an expert either Chad, I was just doing what I was taught. Bob started acting sick so I increased the temperature in his shed.

Sorry, I thought you had said in the past that the ambient temps in the shed were always 93. But I must not be remembering correctly!

I would think raising the temps is a good idea, but I would also be sure to provide a temp gradient that includes something down to 75 or 80 and also a night drop of 70-75. But always providing the a warm basking spot and the pig blanket - but allow the tort to self thermo-regulate...
Again, just my thoughts and I'm just trying to be helpful... Open to being wrong :)
 

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Mea culpa! I thought you were talking about his shed is always 93, not that you have warmed it up because he was not acting right.

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You are not remembering correctly this time Chad. I don't normally keep his shed this warm. I do agree with you concerning the drop in temperature and giving Bob the chance to thermo-regulate, that is always how I have treated him. Thank you for your advice tho. I appreciate it.

This morning when I peeked in to check on him I was greeted with a surprise...there was a pile of poop in there that must reach epic proportions. He'd been putting out 1 or 2 turds a day so when he started acting sick I didn't think about constipation...but after seeing what I saw in there...lord Almighty! But the best part was him running over to the door when he saw me looking in. He still is not acting 100% like him, but it's obvious to me that there is a major difference in how he is acting. Some of the turds I cleaned up were hard and not what I would consider normal so I am confident that constipation and an upset stomach were his problems. I want to thank every one for their concern and caring so much about Bob. Your support really helped me.
 

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GREAT NEWS that it's not something more serious. Just a little while back, didn't he have some stomach problems? I may be thinking of another tort, but I could have sworn it was Bob.
 

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That's great news Maggie. Bob is kind of like the mascot of this forum, and I know that if something happened to him, we would all feel it. The real logo of this forum should be Bob's squash face. We all love him so.
 

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I'm so glad that Bob is doing better Maggie. I know he worried you, but maybe he just had a tummy ache. Poor little guy. For a minute after reading this thread I was hoping that when he got out those times that he didn't get a hold of something that wasn't good for him. Keep us updated. :)
 

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I hope he makes even more progress tomorrow.

I guess at least he won't be trying to climb over the cement blocks on your bottom step just yet...
 

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I've finally solved the mystery Maggie!

This unknown ( I think it's EJ ) "started" Bob before you got him.....

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Stephanie Logan said:
That's FUNNY, and it explains a lot. ;)

I thot so too! A LOT!!!

Maggie has been able to get Bob's carapace "smoothed-out"!

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