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My name is ***** ***** I have been a Vet tech for 30+ years with special interest in Reptiles and Reptile Rescue. I do need to ask some questions to best assist you. Please do not rate my service until I give you a complete answer.
Can you tell me about the set up?
Do you have a tank or a tortoise table?
UVB light, age of bulb, linear tube or compact coil, strength and brand?
I need to have the information on the UVB specifically: linear tube or compact coil, strength and brand?
Once I have this I can give you an answer.
Whoever gave you instructions on care they gave you some poor information. A tortoise shoould never be kept in a tank. They need either a large rubbermade Bin or a Tortoise table. Tortoises do not thrive well n a tank because they need air circulation to prevent Respiratory issues. This is a care sheet that is basic and has proper diet as The Romaine should not be a staple food. http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Care/cs-easthermanns.htm
This is an idea of a good tortoise table but can be modified to fit your home: http://www.petandtortoiseworld.co.uk/uploads/2/5/2/9/25294530/s884830098179066691_p2_i1_w640.jpeg
I suspect the eye problem you are seeing may be a result of the coil UBV bulb. They can can cause eye issues called Photo Kerato Conjunctivitis. I suggest replacing the UVB bulb with a Reptisun 10.0 Linear tube. The spectrum of light is not as concentrated and gives better coverage and not affect the eyes. I also suggest using a Drop of saline in the eye twice a day.
Another issue is the baby needs to be bathed once a day since they dehydrate easily and need a good soak daily.
Hopefully if these items are changed alone with an updated diet:
Greens:Mustard greensCollard greensTurnip greensCarrot topsSpring greensSalad mixesEndiveEscaroleCarrots (sparingly)Cucumber (sparingly)Weeds/Plants/Flowers:DandelionBindweedPlantainHibiscusAloe veraPansyPetuniaFuschiaHostaChicoryKnapweedBitter cressField pansyRose petalsHedge mustardSowthistleGlobal thistleVioletsBermuda GrassOther grassesOther:Fruit is not recommended for tortoises because of the sugar.
Plain calcium should be sprinkled on the veggies and weeds.
The pellet and already made foods are not the best for tortoises.
Hi The UVB light gives off very little heat and that is what the basking bulb does. I do highly suggest getting the tortose out of the tank and into a better suited habitat asap. They are susceptible to Respiratory issues in a tank, fungal infections as well as poor growth rates. I cannot stress enough how bad the tank is for tortoises. UBV Coil bulb issues: http://www.uvguide.co.uk/phototherapyphosphor-info.htm UVB lights give little heat unlike a Basking bulb.
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