Go Back   Reptile Forums > Help and Chat > Shelled - Turtles & Tortoise



  #1 (permalink)  
Old 15-08-2011, 07:23 PM
Egg
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Scotland
Posts: 2
Question Hermann tortoise not eating

Hi i'm new to this, wondering if I could get some advice on my 4year old Hermann tortoise.
Over the last three days he's stopped eating and isn't interested in doing anything.
I've bathed him for 30 mins just to encourage something as he gets in a strop with me and eat's a lot after having a bath and hasn't done this.
He lives indoors, he has the house to roam around and a viv with one glass door removed to get some air into it, and to keep the temp to the correct temp.
don't really know what to do.
Any help or advice would be great
Thanks
xx
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 15-08-2011, 08:37 PM
Hatchling
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 39
Default

Ok, so my first suggestion is to let your tortoise have some fresh air , obviously I'm not forcing you to go out and by an outdoor run , but what you should do is let him walk around the grass but make sure you watch him ; because he might Even graze on the odd dandelion or bit of grass , also i would suggest to give him some fruit i.e peach , plum or nectarine . that's what i did and he was intrigued by the exotic fruit and tried it
Also is he knew and / or has he been moved ?

Good Luck - keep ^^in touch as this could become major.! But remember if the tortoise was in the wild he wouldn't eat everyday so don't expect them to eat every day in captivity . But fresh air will definetely be good
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 15-08-2011, 09:40 PM
Egg
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Scotland
Posts: 2
Default

hi there. Thanks for getting back to me.
I got him to eat half a strawberry, but he didn't touch anything else. However i can't just fed him that all the time.
He doesn't just live in his viv. He has a ramp that leads out to the rest of our house. which is aired daily. He spends most of his time in our utility room where its nice n warm n has sun in all day.
I think i need to take him to the vets to get wormed just to see if that might b an issue. I live in Scotland so nice weather doesn't come round often. so when we do have nice weather he is out whilst we watch. i had seedling trays which he can walk about in and eat. but haven't had the weather to do this, should i bring them in?
I understand he wouldn't eat every day. however Theo has always loved his food.
thank you.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 15-08-2011, 10:10 PM
Hatchling
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Chesterfield, Derbyshire
Posts: 32
Default

I suggest setting up a permanent basking spot somewhere in your utility room if this is where hes living as they need a basking spot of around 30 degrees celsius, if too cold they will generally become lethargic, uninterested in food and more susceptible to illness. During the summer they need about 12h of uv, although sunlight does filter through the windows about 90% of the uv-b is filtered out by the glass and so your tort may not be getting the recommended uv-b exposure relative to a tort housed with access to a 10.0 uv-b tube.
Solar glo's are the perfect bulb to fit in a room.
Michelle
__________________
2.2.2 Crested Gecko
1.0.0 Leopard Gecko
0.1.0 Leopard tortoise
1.0.0 Moroccan eyed lizard
1.1.0 Brazilian Rainbow Boa
1.1.0 Fire Salamander
1.0.0 Boa Constrictor
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 15-08-2011, 10:49 PM
jeweled lady's Avatar
Premier Citizen
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Canterbury Kent
Posts: 2,802
Default

If your tortoise has been fine and eating well up to a few days ago, I would let him be and see how he is after a week. Keep up his morning baths and put something like cucumber in front of him to temp his appetite. This is the time of year when some reptiles start the wind down for hibernation and cut down on food anyway. It's very hot down south at the moment and my tortoises are still eating and are outside, however, they are not consuming the amounts they were a while back. See how it goes and report back in a week.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 15-08-2011, 11:26 PM
GreenSlider's Avatar
Ultra Citizen
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Ireland
Posts: 1,407
Default

From what this lot say on here, giving fruit regularly isnt a great idea..something to do with sugars? Maybe bringing indoors under lamps and upping the temps as well as daily bathing will encourage appetite..weather over here has been rotten..the outdoor run was flooded and plants drowned I'm only a tyro with tortoise keeping but I know turtles will suddenly stop eating for no apparent reason (one does it before her shed), and then resume a week or so later with no ill effects. ...hope the little one decides to stop stressing you out
__________________
Many Shells
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 16-08-2011, 08:19 AM
Denise aka Martini's Avatar
Ultra Citizen
Join Date: May 2009
Location: CHELTENHAM
Posts: 1,261
Send a message via AIM to Denise aka Martini
Default dont feed fruit to tortoises

Hi i dont advise feeding fruit to your hermans (sorry to person who suggested it) but tortoises digestive system cant cope with the natural sugars found in fruit, ive done alot of research on this subject. The only type of tortoises that can cope with eating fruit are the tropical ones. Hope this helps
__________________
ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 16-08-2011, 12:19 PM
Hatchling
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 39
Arrow

so what tropical fruits are you suggesting? ^^^^^
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 16-08-2011, 12:40 PM
jeweled lady's Avatar
Premier Citizen
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Canterbury Kent
Posts: 2,802
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Denise aka Martini View Post
Hi i dont advise feeding fruit to your hermans (sorry to person who suggested it) but tortoises digestive system cant cope with the natural sugars found in fruit, ive done alot of research on this subject. The only type of tortoises that can cope with eating fruit are the tropical ones. Hope this helps
I think most of us have fed some fruit to our older tortoises, although we are told it is not good to give too much. In the wild, I am sure they would come across some, like fallen fruits, wild strawberries, apples, maybe even figs and peaches and they don't seem to have any digestive problems, however, it would be good if you could share your research with us. How have you gone about discovering what happens in the gut? I myself am extremely interested, as I have done alot of study on canine nutritiion.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 16-08-2011, 12:59 PM
deerhound's Avatar
Super Citizen
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 748
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by tobyware View Post
so what tropical fruits are you suggesting? ^^^^^
Tropical Tortoises (leopards, hingebacks ect) not tropical fruit.

I'd also be interested in your studies into the digestive systems. I have often wandered about this as they will eat fallen fruit in the wild without problems. As with all thier natural food though it would be seasonal and not a regular food . My Freerangers will all eat anything that fallen from our trees.... Apples, cherries, beans, Peach, tomatoes. But they eat alot of weeds and grass too for the rest of the year.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
tortoise

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
E Midlands Cb Hermann Tortoise linley Shelled Classifieds 9 30-10-2010 08:16 PM
E Midlands Cb Hermann Tortoise linley Shelled Classifieds 1 05-10-2010 01:12 PM
W Midlands Swap my tortoise table for Horsfield/Hermann tortoise annieshake Shelled Classifieds 0 23-02-2010 07:17 PM
Help my Hermann has stopped eating sunshine111 Shelled - Turtles & Tortoise 3 26-01-2009 12:20 AM
Hermann tortoise spongebob321 Shelled - Turtles & Tortoise 6 23-04-2008 08:04 PM


Help For Heros

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 08:26 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright © 2005 - 2011, Reptile Forums (RFUK™)
Privacy Policy