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Noticed this afternoon that our 3 year old (who recently had a clear MOT with vet) was retracting head, scratching face and walking backwards. His eyes were puffy and not opening. We gave him a bath straight away with Reptoboost. Then noticed that while his eyes had opened he looks puffy round the tops of front legs and where his neck meets his shell. Acting strangely - stretching neck right out and twisting head, looks like he trying to poo but nothing coming out, had been extending his back legs and lifting self up from back but keeping head tucked in.
Yesterday he was outside in his enclosure and my daughter noticed foam round his mouth, She thought it was already on a leaf he was eating but that there seemed to be quite a lot of foam round his mouth. He seemed fine the rest of yesterday.
Showing no interest in food today, but is now paddling round the floor and moving more freely while being closely watched by his mum. How concerned should we be...? Has he just eaten something that didn't agree with him?
 

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Puffy appearance in russians around the tops of legs is normal and just part of their natural make up www.tortsmad.com/russians.htm I have had lots of enquiries re puffy top legs over the years, so included it in the website. It is not normal in other species though. The puffy eyes however are not normal and will need a vets apt if it does not disappear after bathing in warm water. The foaming at mouth is not normal either and might suggest he has picked up something toxic. Presuming padding round floor means in his enclosure - loose in the house is not a good idea as there are far too many hazards, combined with lack of uvb correct substrate etc. Is his enclosure humid enough and just soil as opposed to soil and sand, which is not good for Russians? They live on sandy soil in the wild but that is nothing like UK sand, either natural or bought. Hope this helps ;)
 
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