Help Needed - Testudo Graeca

terri_the_tortoise

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Hello everyone - I'd like to introduce Terri, who we picked up at the end of September and was hoping we could get some advice. She is a Testudo Graeca (Greek Tortoise).

She sleeps a lot (as we fully expect her to) but we are starting to think she is sleeping TOO much - as in she will sleep and sleep unless we wake her. This means she also doesn't eat or drink unless prompted and even then she only seems to want cucumber.
She has a variety of food available including fresh water, dried flowers, food pellets and a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables (such as cucumber, tomato's, peppers, spinach etc) along with some hay but doesn't seem tempted by this at all.

Her heat lamp is now a 125w basking light after we realised the one we had before was too small but hadn't realised immediately.

We have been following advice we have got from a tortoise book and online, but feel like there is a lot of conflicting advice. I've contacted the breeder for advice but this hasn't been very helpful at all.

Any advice or guidance we can get would be appreciated.
 

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TammyJ

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Welcome to the forum. That's a beautiful little tortoise. An expert will soon be along with good advice for you! @Tom @wellington
 

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Hello everyone - I'd like to introduce Terri, who we picked up at the end of September and was hoping we could get some advice. She is a Testudo Graeca (Greek Tortoise).

She sleeps a lot (as we fully expect her to) but we are starting to think she is sleeping TOO much - as in she will sleep and sleep unless we wake her. This means she also doesn't eat or drink unless prompted and even then she only seems to want cucumber.
She has a variety of food available including fresh water, dried flowers, food pellets and a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables (such as cucumber, tomato's, peppers, spinach etc) along with some hay but doesn't seem tempted by this at all.

Her heat lamp is now a 125w basking light after we realised the one we had before was too small but hadn't realised immediately.

We have been following advice we have got from a tortoise book and online, but feel like there is a lot of conflicting advice. I've contacted the breeder for advice but this hasn't been very helpful at all.

Any advice or guidance we can get would be appreciated.
Hello and welcome. You have a temperate species and it is time to brumate. Even though the tortoise is indoors, warm and lit, it still knows what time of year it is. You have a decision to make about whether or not you want to brumate, and then you need to take action one way or the other. More on that here:


The tortoise books and online care advice are all wrong. Been wrong for decades and many long term "experts" don't even know it and keep teaching the same wrong info year after year. More on that here:

Finally, here is the current and correct care info:

Questions and conversation are welcome.
 

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