5 Year Member
- Apr 21, 2016
I just found a tick on my 5 month old sulcata. This sulcata has only been outside once when I first got him. I just changed out his bedding (coco coir) and put in new sphagnum moss about 4 days ago. I changed his stuff outside. This tick was huge and I just noticed him today. I read that you can suffocate and then pull the tick out...which is what I tried to do. I'm not sure if I got the head unfortunately. My sulcata is very strong and it took some time for him to let me pull out his arm where the tick was attached. Do I need to seek vet help if the head is still attached? I feel sick to my stomach and wish I knew exactly where the thing came from. I checked my other tortoises (redfoots) who I also cleaned out their tank and put the same bedding down, they didn't have any signs of ticks. I've never experienced ticks even with my box turtles that are outside full time. Any advice?