Screaming tortoise

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Most common cause of this is constipation. When they are kept too dry, not soaked enough, and fed the wrong foods. Read through this:

Then ask questions and make changes.
Interesting
Where are the papers on Star tortoises making actual noises when in pain from constipation, please?
 

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The only reason I said constipation, is because Mali 🇲🇱 this summer, had not pooped for 2 days, so I got her in the tub. She was making a grunting noise. I stayed with her, adding more water to her soak (very warm water). She was finally able to poop, I felt so bad for her. We soak more so that won’t happen again. It seemed to be after she was eating outside (grazing).
Mali is a Sulcatta, but it sounded awful, if he is “silently screaming “
 

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When does he do this? Only when he's soaking? Certain times of the day? After eating? The sound...does it sound like he is in pain? Is it loud?
Does he eat, drink, pee and poop normally?

I've never heard of this before, so just trying to get an idea of what's going on.
Yes that’s right after eating.
What does that mean?
 

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The only reason I said constipation, is because Mali 🇲🇱 this summer, had not pooped for 2 days, so I got her in the tub. She was making a grunting noise. I stayed with her, adding more water to her soak (very warm water). She was finally able to poop, I felt so bad for her. We soak more so that won’t happen again. It seemed to be after she was eating outside (grazing).
Mali is a Sulcatta, but it sounded awful, if he is “silently screaming “
Definitely not silent it’s loud
and it goes into its shell after the whole thing and sometimes comes out and goes in and comes out and so on but only for a while
It had a screaming bout about 2 months ago
It pooped then and I thought it would stop
But lately it’s happening again
There are some vegetables and food pellets for tortoises that one won’t get here
And plus this had happened last year and it stopped until two months ago
I can’t even take it to the vet because of this pandemic situation
Soo...
 

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glad YOU asked! I didn’t want to freak out on this person. I thought the same “lady fingers”!!! 🤣😂
Cmon guys in India we call it ladyfingers
I guess it’s synonym is okra which is weird for Indians speaking English
 

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Is this happening because of poor diet
Someone pls answer
 

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Is this happening because of poor diet
Someone pls answer
Could you possibly post details about what he eats. Post his pictures and pictures of his enclosure?
If this is ongoing issue have you had an X-ray taken for him. Possibly there is something stuck. Maybe he has some kidney stones ? Is his poop normal looking ?
 

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Is this still happening now?

If it is, try feeding him some opuntia cactus, cucumber, aloe, or any other really wet, water filled veggie. They act as a mild laxative, so if he's having trouble pooping, this should help.
 

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Is this happening because of poor diet
Someone pls answer
Yes.. from what I have read your tortoise sounds like he/she may have a big poop stuck inside and can NOT get it out. Try to give him/her longer soaks. CHANGE HIS/HER DIET !!
I see up top Tom has already informed you of what to feed. GRASS,weeds...etc.
If you won’t listen to these responses that people give to help you.....(they will stop responding)) and....
YOUR TORTOISE WILL DIE!
Please .... help your tort!!!!!
No need to ask the same question again..over and over....
YES IT IS THE DIET !!!
YOU NEED TO CHANGE IT ASAP!
Best wishes and lots of luck to you my friend. This sounds awful for you....
Yup.. it’s constipation. 😞
 

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Yes.. from what I have read your tortoise sounds like he/she may have a big poop stuck inside and can NOT get it out. Try to give him/her longer soaks. CHANGE HIS/HER DIET !!
I see up top Tom has already informed you of what to feed. GRASS,weeds...etc.
If you won’t listen to these responses that people give to help you.....(they will stop responding)) and....
YOUR TORTOISE WILL DIE!
Please .... help your tort!!!!!
No need to ask the same question again..over and over....
YES IT IS THE DIET !!!
YOU NEED TO CHANGE IT ASAP!
Best wishes and lots of luck to you my friend. This sounds awful for you....
Yup.. it’s constipation. 😞
Ok thanks
I’ll change it
 

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Could you possibly post details about what he eats. Post his pictures and pictures of his enclosure?
If this is ongoing issue have you had an X-ray taken for him. Possibly there is something stuck. Maybe he has some kidney stones ? Is his poop normal looking ?
Can’t do that right now
I guess pet hospitals are not open
 

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Hi I have a terrestrial tortoise and he is screaming
Normally I have Heard to soak him in water that’s exactly what I am doing
This has been happening for a past few months
This is really very important as no vets have opened due to the pandemic
Maybe your tort is sick. But this is just guess work. You need to share pics of your tort. And make a video when s/he is screaming.
 

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Ok thanks
I’ll change it
Ok thanks
I’ll change it
I am so sorry if I was rude. It is just that I care for you and your tort wether I know you or not!
Also.... it will save you SOOOO MUCH MONEY! I mean go outside and grab some grass....ITS FREE!!!!! Just make sure it has NOT been treated with anything first .
Ok... then.. I hope you are going to be ok.
Keep us posted so we can come up with other suggestions if these don’t work..
Also try to take a video if you can . When you “reply” to one of our posts at the bottom of the screen to the left of the
“Post reply” button it will have an
“Attach files” button AMD you can download it there. ❤
 

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