The Dog Trainer
10 Year Member!
Platinum Tortoise Club
- Jan 9, 2010
- Location (City and/or State)
- Southern California
I see two likely possibilities:I purchased him from a reptile store . I have had him for a month and a week. He has never gotten direct sunlight . I have been soaking him everyday however about a week ago I switched to every other day . But I’m going to go back to everyday . He started off in this enclosure same bulbs however I just switched to the heat emitter 100w yesterday evening. Prior to that , the enclosure was 75-80. Now it’s 90 after switching to the heat emitter .
1. The usual dehydration issues from a breeder that didn't start them correctly, or a pet store that didn't house and care for them properly before sale. More on that here:
"Hatchling Failure Syndrome"
I've heard this term for many years and I don't like it. Its a way to excuse our ignorance and failure. I will agree that an occasional hatchling is born that is just not going to make it no matter what anybody does, but MOST of them, if they make it full term and hatch, SHOULD survive and...
2. Could be MBD from lack of UV. Those bulbs are not effective, and that one is mounted much to high to get much UV to the tortoise. Have you been feeding Mazuri, ZooMed pellets or a calcium powder supplement with D3 in it?