Slime and Squeaky tortoise

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Lately, my tortoise has been having these bubbles coming out of his nose. It looks slimy and I don't think he likes it. He started having them about 4 weeks ago. Whenever it happens, he turns to his hand and rubs it. I usually try to clean his nose with water so that he gets better, but then the slime comes again. My second problem, is that a few times, he would let out this loud squeak. And he is just a baby. Any ideas on how I can help him?
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Lately, my tortoise has been having these bubbles coming out of his nose. It looks slimy and I don't think he likes it. He started having them about 4 weeks ago. Whenever it happens, he turns to his hand and rubs it. I usually try to clean his nose with water so that he gets better, but then the slime comes again. My second problem, is that a few times, he would let out this loud squeak. And he is just a baby. Any ideas on how I can help him?
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Oh no!
it sounds like you need to raise the temperatures because your baby could have caught a RI infection.
Since your baby is under the weather please raise the temperature in the tank so he can get better.

best of luck!
 

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We do need to know more about his housing and the temperature in his enclosure. Please take a bit of time and give us this information so we can best help him and you! Also please do take some pictures of him and his habitat.
 

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You need to change his enclosure ASAP. Everything about it is going to cause the death of your tortoise. Read the caresheet and make the necessary changes or give your tortoise to someone who can.

 

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Here are pictures:
View attachment 318166 (Pictures from last week) View attachment 318167
How old are you, Sherdil? How long have you had your tort? Baby torts need higher temps than room temperature, as well as higher humidity, or else they often get sick. What are you feeding your tort & is she still eating?

Please, please follow the advice you receive here. If you are too young or unable to upgrade your tort's living situation, take her to someone who can. Your tort looks seriously ill to me & if the photo above is her living quarters, she desperately needs more than that to survive.

Is that another tort in the same enclosure?
 

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How old are you, Sherdil? How long have you had your tort? Baby torts need higher temps than room temperature, as well as higher humidity, or else they often get sick. What are you feeding your tort & is she still eating?

Please, please follow the advice you receive here. If you are too young or unable to upgrade your tort's living situation, take her to someone who can. Your tort looks seriously ill to me & if the photo above is her living quarters, she desperately needs more than that to survive.

Is that another tort in the same enclosure?
Sherdil, my tortoise, is around 1-2 years old. I am 11 almost 12. But my parents bought him at the pet shop and they had this cage come with him. I will see if I have another cage or something that is big enough for him. And no, I only have one tortoise.
 

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You need to change his enclosure ASAP. Everything about it is going to cause the death of your tortoise. Read the caresheet and make the necessary changes or give your tortoise to someone who can.

I will see if I have another cage or something that is big enough for him.
 

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An update: He hasnt been in contact with his nose for the past week. Only today, he started rubbing it with his hand. I tried cleaning it with warm water, but he still had the bubbles.
 

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How old are you, Sherdil? How long have you had your tort? Baby torts need higher temps than room temperature, as well as higher humidity, or else they often get sick. What are you feeding your tort & is she still eating?

Please, please follow the advice you receive here. If you are too young or unable to upgrade your tort's living situation, take her to someone who can. Your tort looks seriously ill to me & if the photo above is her living quarters, she desperately needs more than that to survive.

Is that another tort in the same enclosure?
Here I changed it a bit. I will see if I have some clean soil or hay.
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This enclosure is still not even close to acceptable. You should really ask your parents for help. if they can't or won't, you should look to give him away. H e will not survive the way you are keeping him. What are you doing to provide water for the tortoise?
 

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Sweetie, the tortoise needs heat lamps and UVB you can go to a local pet store and get the lamps and bulbs. You need an actual cage for this tortoise. It needs a food dish and a water dish. It needs the appropriate diet such as kale,mustard greens, collard greens, vitamin D powder sprinkled on his food or mazuri.
You need to get actual substrate from a local pet store and change it. He can eat whatever that is you have in it. Why would you break up the paper towel like that? Do you know he needs substrate? If so, please get him the correct kind.

let us know if you need help with anything. Your tortoise needs heat right away.

please do a warm soak for him where he cant drown so he can stay hydrated. Soaks are good for tortoises for a number of reasons including hudration, and when they are sick like yours.
 

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Unfortunately the other posters here are correct, your little guy will not survive or thrive without heat and uvb, if possible ask your parents to look at the care sheets people have provided here with you to see if setting up a proper enclosure is possible.

Sadly the pet store completely misled you, these guys require much much more.

As hard as it can be, if you won’t be able to set up a suitable house for him, consider finding him a new home where he will be able to thrive. Doing what’s best for your pet, even when it’s hard or sad, is why makes someone a genuinely great animal keeper.

I am also happy to talk directly to your parents about setting up an enclosure for him and you/them are completely welcome to dm me!
 

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Our initial contacts with Sherdil was Feb. 12 or so. His tort didn't look good then, & it's living conditions haven't improved up thru now.

Sherdil, please, please do something. This little tort is depending on you to take care of it, & he's not going to make it if YOU don't help him or find someone who can.
 
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Sweetie, the tortoise needs heat lamps and UVB you can go to a local pet store and get the lamps and bulbs. You need an actual cage for this tortoise. It needs a food dish and a water dish. It needs the appropriate diet such as kale,mustard greens, collard greens, vitamin D powder sprinkled on his food or mazuri.
You need to get actual substrate from a local pet store and change it. He can eat whatever that is you have in it. Why would you break up the paper towel like that? Do you know he needs substrate? If so, please get him the correct kind.

let us know if you need help with anything. Your tortoise needs heat right away.

please do a warm soak for him where he cant drown so he can stay hydrated. Soaks are good for tortoises for a number of reasons including hudration, and when they are sick like yours.
I soak him 2 times everyday. I'll ask my parents if they can contact someone who can help.
 

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Sweetie, the tortoise needs heat lamps and UVB you can go to a local pet store and get the lamps and bulbs. You need an actual cage for this tortoise. It needs a food dish and a water dish. It needs the appropriate diet such as kale,mustard greens, collard greens, vitamin D powder sprinkled on his food or mazuri.
You need to get actual substrate from a local pet store and change it. He can eat whatever that is you have in it. Why would you break up the paper towel like that? Do you know he needs substrate? If so, please get him the correct kind.

let us know if you need help with anything. Your tortoise needs heat right away.

please do a warm soak for him where he cant drown so he can stay hydrated. Soaks are good for tortoises for a number of reasons including hudration, and when they are sick like yours.
Sadly, I cannot immediately go to the vet. But I did a tiny bit of research and read over what you said. I got the highest watt bulb. I will see if I can find a higher watt bulb. I brought a lamp with the bulb and placed it over him. He seems extremely happy. But if you think I did something wrong/I need to add something, please tell me.
 

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Sweetie, the tortoise needs heat lamps and UVB you can go to a local pet store and get the lamps and bulbs. You need an actual cage for this tortoise. It needs a food dish and a water dish. It needs the appropriate diet such as kale,mustard greens, collard greens, vitamin D powder sprinkled on his food or mazuri.
You need to get actual substrate from a local pet store and change it. He can eat whatever that is you have in it. Why would you break up the paper towel like that? Do you know he needs substrate? If so, please get him the correct kind.

let us know if you need help with anything. Your tortoise needs heat right away.

please do a warm soak for him where he cant drown so he can stay hydrated. Soaks are good for tortoises for a number of reasons including hudration, and when they are sick like yours.
here is one more question: Is organic soil a good bedding for him? I wanted to see if I can maybe make a better "cage" for him. For now, he likes staying outside his cage and I let him. He sleeps out there too.
 
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