Urgent! Identification and help!

Sophy

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Hello everyone!

My name is Sofia and I live in Egypt. A tortoise was given to me yesterday and I need help with identification of species and gender (and maybe age?), as well as how to care for him/her in the best way. And with this I mean that I want to know everything from what to feed him/her to the most basic stuff, since I'm completely fresh to this and I really want the best for him/her because I fell in love immediately.
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Do you have any tips of good pages I can read about this?

To me he/she looks a bit dry, am I supposed to give him/her a bath? Also he/she didn't drink or eat anything yet. :/

I would really appreciate if someone took a look and told me what they know, thank you!

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One more thing, as you can see on this picture above, his/her tail is always to this side and it's very hard to move, I actually think it makes him pain... is this normal?

Thanks for any help!
 
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Hi,

Welcome to the forum! Why do you get this tortoise? It hears like a "surprise"?
So you say you live in Egypt..
In Egypt there live testudo kleinmanni. But yours isn't 100% a kleinmanni. At the hole North African coast live 3 subspecies of testudo gracea.
T. Gracea gracea T. Gracea nabulensis and T. Gracea marrokensis. Normally only testudo gracea gracea live in Egypt but the population of the 3 species are mixed every where. So you can find all these 3 species every where. Also the species are mixed among each other. So what I want to say :-D is that it very difficult to identify the subspecies of the North African coast. Because you often have bastards. But I think you've got a gracea gracea. And I think it is a female.


Sorry I mean male :-D and maybe he is between 15 and 30 years old.
 

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It would most likely be a graeca graeca judging by your area. However, I'm tempted to say Morrocan due to the colouring.
 

Sophy

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Thank you everyone! Your help has been much appreciated.

He drinks now, which is great but he still doesn't eat too much. I also put him in a big plate with shallow water which he loves, and now he is much less dry and seem more active. He also made a pee and poo! :) Exciting.

He was given to me as a surprise, yes. My friend's daughter owns him but she left Egypt to go to Italy, and they didn't know anything about him.

I have one more question. His nose has like lime/green/yellow jelly inside, at least it looks like it. I saw it in this macro photo below. Is this normal?
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Thank you!
 
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juli11

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No that's not normal... It looks like a slimy nose. It the nose runny? Or is the smile only in the nose?
 

Sophy

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I never saw it drop from the nose or anything like this, only like this in the nose. What should I do?
 

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