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Concerned mom

Discussion in 'North American Tortoises (genus Gopherus)' started by Tldmaft, Nov 20, 2017.

  1. Tldmaft

    Tldmaft New Member

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    My 12 yr old female seems to be walking on her front legs and not her toes. She is slowing down for hibernation at this time and is getting soaked regularly. She has been raised on grasses, dandelion and other weeds, endive, mustard greens, hibiscus and roses, occasional shredded carrot and small amounts of kale.
    Eyes and nose is clear, shell is smooth, hard and beautiful. Her brother and her have sufficient sun and heat.
    All seems well except for us noticing her walking on her front legs and not her toes, almost like she's lazy. Not sure when it started but noticed it today.
    Any thoughts? Am I just being a worry wart mom?
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member

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    How often do you soak them? Do they live together as a pair?
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    Tldmaft New Member

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    They're soaked every 1 to 2x's a week with fresh water everyday.
    They are separated at all times.
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    JoesMum Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    What do you use for UVB? When was the bulb last replaced?

    What are the four important temperatures in the enclosure? Warm side, cool side, directly under the basking lamp and overnight minimum?
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    Tldmaft New Member

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    They're not inside.
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    Recap: they're 12 yrs old and are outside. I've had them since hatchlings and they're well cared for.
    Only concern is her walking.
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Supporter

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    It's hard for me to picture. Are you saying that she knuckles under at the ankle?
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    Yes... not on her nails.

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