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Spekes hingeback tortoise

Discussion in 'Hingeback tortoises' started by Tortle1492, Jan 17, 2018.

  1. Tortle1492

    Tortle1492 New Member

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    Hello!
    I have Spekes names Zephyr. I’ve have him since last april and he was under a year when I got him. Exact age is unknown, though. When I got him he was very active, got in and out of his water dish every day on his own, ate every day etc. since the colder weather he has been a lot less active, and I wasn’t sure if it’s de to the temp dropping or something else.

    I have a ceramic heat bulb and a light heat lamp I keep both on for 12 hours and off for 12 hours.

    I feed him lettuce, carrots, cucumber, cabbage, and squash mixed with pet store tortoise food, and use calcium power on top 1-2 times per week.
    His appetite has dropped significantly and he isn’t eating much, maybe once a week. Other than that he is very inactive.

    I just bought a heating pad for under the tank ( Because our home heat system is stuck at 67) , but have not applied it yet because it’s adhesive and I’m trying to find a larger enclosure for him.

    Any suggestions on what I should change would be helpful. I just ordered a temp gun off line because I don’t have a thermometer. I also will be looking to get a new water dish this weekend.

    Thanks guys!!

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    Make sure you’re soaking him two or three times a week in warm/room temperature water. He could be constipated. Also, does he have a hide or a cave-like structure for him to crawl under? My Speke’s hinge back neeeeds And loves his hide and spends all night and some of the day in it. I think it’s important for them to feel protected the best they can.
    I wish I could help more! Hope it goes well!
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator Today is my birthday! 5 Year Member

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    Don't use that heat pad. Those are not the safer kind to use.
    I can't help with the rest but maybe @tortadise @Jacqui can.
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    Jacqui Wanna be raiser of Lemon Drop tortoises Moderator 10 Year Member!

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    First thing jumping out at me like was said above, where is his hide? Plus yes you really really need a much bigger area so he can escape the light and choose a temp he prefers. How hot is it under that lamp?
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