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Tortoise isn’t coming out of hide for food?

Discussion in 'Tortoise Health' started by mack_is_my_baby, Jan 7, 2018.

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  1. mack_is_my_baby

    mack_is_my_baby New Member

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    My Speke’s hinge-back tortoise eats every morning, and I wake up every day to find him out of his hide and ready to eat. Yesterday, he wasn’t out like usual. I still put his food in his trey and I think he ate about half of it, which is unusual. Today he’s hiding again.
    I know low appetite can be a sign of infection or illness.
    I’m worried about my baby [emoji173]️
    Nothing has changed in the past few days at all, so I don’t think it has to do with a routine change or anything.

    Background info:
    He lives in an indoor terrarium with a UV/heat lamp and a heating pad underneath for a basking area. He had a hide which he loves to sleep in, a large water trey that he sometimes soaks in, and a food trey. He has much-like substrate underneath.
    I just got him a few months ago and I love him a lot!

    Thank you In advance!
  2. Cheryl Hills

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    I don’t have hinge backs but, I do believe the heating pad is not good for basking. They need an overhead heat source.
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    The above post says it. Get an above basking light.
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    Jacqui Wanna be raiser of Lemon Drop tortoises Moderator 10 Year Member!

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    I wouldn't change anything at this point. Just watch him and see if anything changes. He could just be having an off week.
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    He’s been doing a lot better. I interacted with him a lot yesterday (gave him an extra long
    Bath and took him out side). He has an overhead UV/heat lamp as well as the heating tablet/pad underneath the terrarium
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