Tortoise not eating, darker colored skin

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BC66C4C2 616C 475F 9E79 30F552092C67 7218946B 9674 4A4C 8285 02BFE1CC62BC I have a smaller female Herman’s tortoise, who normally gobbles up everything in her food dish.
This past month someone else has been taking care of her since I’ve been sick with pneumonia. I’ve had no contact with her to make her sick, and it’s been an overnight change.
She didn’t eat any dinner and she won’t eat anything today. She’s taken a single bite of a dandelion green and refused my attempts to tempt her with melon and tomatoes. She’s been sleeping all day and her skin is darker than normal. I’ve added two images of her before and after.
If she continues this over the weekend I will call the vet, but since I’m rather inexperienced with tortoises I’d thought I should ask if this is normal for a tortoise going into colder seasons.
 

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I’m giving her 15 minute lukewarm baths but she’s still not eating. I’ve seen her try, but it’s like she can’t bite hard enough.
Her eyes appear sunken so I know she’s dehydrated. I’ve added two new small plants to her enclosure so she has something new, and both are plants that she can eat.
I’ll be calling the vet and getting her in ASAP but please, any advice would be greatly appreciated.
 

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This is what I’m trying to tempt her with this morning. Some romaine lettuce, a carrot, some melon, blueberries, and aloe Vera.
She doesn’t normally have this much sugar in a meal, but I’m hoping treats tempt her into having some food. A8EE84BC 0F97 4D20 9ECF 40EFFFAA2B23
 

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She took a bite of lettuce but she isn’t eating it, just holding it in her mouth.
she’s seeing a vet Tuesday, October 1st but I have to keep her safe until then. Any advice would be a huge help.
 
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22A9FFFA 66FE 4E43 92C6 215085E68541 She’s making a clicking sound.
I’ve moved her into an older tank for now so I can keep her temperature more regulated. She has clean water and a hide and she’s outside so she’ll be in 85-95 degree weather today.
Any advice for taking care of a tort with a possible RI would be GREATLY appreciated
 

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I'm sorry to hear this. It's good to move her to a tank where you can keep the temperature more regulated, but if it's outside, make sure the sun doesn't get too hot and cook the tortoise. For the R.I. the tortoise will need antibiotics, but in the meantime, keep it at about 80-85F degrees day and night.
 

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I'm sorry to hear this. It's good to move her to a tank where you can keep the temperature more regulated, but if it's outside, make sure the sun doesn't get too hot and cook the tortoise. For the R.I. the tortoise will need antibiotics, but in the meantime, keep it at about 80-85F degrees day and night.
The porch is screened in and she’s in an area that will get heat but not much direct sunlight. And I’ve got a way to bring the temp down if it goes too high.
And she’s eating now! I gave her another small slice of honeydew and she’s munching. I’ll try to get her something better for her later but for now I’m just happy she’s eating.
 

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She ate a tiny bit today and has attempted to eat a few more times but hasn’t managed much. She’s currently out in some grass getting some exercise and she’s got normal energy levels but she isn’t stopping to eat dandelion and I’m not pulling oak leaves out of her mouth like I normally have to.
She’s also been trying to nap most of the day which is unusual for her, especially since she’s doing it on her basking rock and not in her cool hide like she normally prefers to sleep.
 

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Last update of the day.
I went to turn off her basking light but I saw her just in time to catch a large bubble form and pop over her nose, making her entire beak wet.
Definitely an RI. I’m getting her to the vet Tuesday but I’m calling first thing Monday to see if I can bump up the appt. I don’t know what to do for her in the mean time.
 

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Wish I knew more so I could help. Definitely call the vet and let them know how serious things are- if they’re worth anything they’ll get you in sooner (OK, well I would if a client called- I’d also overbook myself to death to see a sick pet for someone).
 

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A559AE65 C18C 4AE2 B42A DA4C1A7F9E88 She’s much better today. She’s had another bath, and she’s actually managed to eat some more. It’s nowhere near what she normally eats but she’s managed a lettuce leaf and a half, and she fell asleep over a bit of melon.
Just one more day before her appointment , and I will be calling first thing to see if I can move it up.
 

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She passed away this morning before I could get to the vet.

if anyone can tell me how to delete this account I would appreciate it.
 

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This is so sad. I am very sorry and thank you for caring for her! She was probably too far gone in the illness for anything to help.
 

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I’m so sorry more people didn’t join this conversation. And I’m so sorry you lost your baby. One more day and The vet could’ve helped. I’m really really sorry for you and your loss
 

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She passed away this morning before I could get to the vet.

if anyone can tell me how to delete this account I would appreciate it.
Oh for cryin' out loud! What a shock it was to read this post. I'm so very, very sorry this happened. The only way to truly know why the tortoise died would be to have a necropsy done. As tortoises can go a very long time, sometimes months, without eating, not eating was not her problem. She might have had bladder or kidney stones. This is common, and they stop eating because of the pain. Aw darn it. I'm so sorry.

(Don't delete your account. We welcome your continued participation, and some day you may get another tortoise)
 
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