Sick Sulcata Baby! ADVICE?

Tortoise Man

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My 7 month old sulcata seems to be sick and I've done much research on what to do. He is very lethargic, eyes always shut, plastron seem soft, and his eating has been reduced. When I soak and hand feed he will open his eyes and will eat but after that he goes back to his lethargic way. I do soak in baby food. Carrots mostly. His substrate in his enclosure is coco coir and peat moss. I put calcium in his food for when he does eat, and I ordered some liquid reptile vitamins too. I ask heard tums are good too, but I haven't tried them yet. He is also very small for his age! I don't really know how much a vet will cost but from what I hear it is expensive. I thought I would ask the experts for some help QUICK. I have helped him for 2 straight days now. I really would like for him to get better. Any ideas or miracle advice. Thanks
 

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Does the plastron seem like it is getting softer, or just natural pliablility to the shell. Does the shell look transluscent?
 

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It has really always seemed to be kind of soft and never really had as a rock. And I will look at the shell asap in the morning and get back to you on that because it is kind of late and I just had time to make this topic.
 

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It's current weight is around 70-80 pound but it was like that even before it was acting this way. He is very small for his age. I got him from a local pet shop and he was a hatchling in rabbit pellets and the man told me to keep him dry. I did not listen because I had already done my research.
 

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And his weight is not pounds. It's 70-80 grams which like I said is very small for his age
 

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So he is just under 3 pounds, that is small. I ask about the softness of the shell, because a tortoise can have a soft shell for months or years, it's normal. What isn't normal is a shell that was hard gioing soft, that"s serious. See the eyes and lethargy point toward an RI, which is why I was asking about the shell.
 

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Soeey I have to ask these questions, but what's the diet? does he get sunshine, or artificial light?What type of bulb?
 

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He has Romain Lettuce and some other greens with calcium powder.(which he hates) He does get sun but not for long at all because of the cold. When summer comes he will have sun all day.


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70-80 grams at 7 months is very very small.

Something is really going wrong. Can you post more pictures of every art of his habitat? Temps, humidity, any other info.

Thanks!
 

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The humidity never or rarely goes below 60%, and I try to never let the temperature go below 70 or above 90-95.
 

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Thank you all for your help!! He seems to be getting a little better but I will keep everybody posted
 

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I would def up the hum. and temps. Try to spronkle the calcium powder a little lighter it has a strong smell which can cause them not to eat the food. I would sprinkle very lightly 3 times a wweek, barely dust it, they don't need a lot each time. prob less lettuce more greens.
 

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