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What type of tortoise is it?
UVB light linear tube or compact coil strength and brand?
Can you post a picture of the area?
I will wait for a picture. where is she housed? In a tank, rubber made Bin or a tortoise table?
what type of tortoise?
I really want to see the tortoise and his shell and the crack to see what you are dealing with.
Can you ge one more of the face? I cannot see it clearly. It looks like something all over it.
She needs to be in a tortoise table or a rubber rmade and not a tank. Fish tanks can cause respiratory issues and fungal infections. she needs more air circulation. She should have a substrate of part coconut coir and sand. The linoleom when warmed by the lights and the heat mat can give off toxic fumes. The one eye I can see tells me the tortoise is ill. it is not clear and looks very cloudy in the picture. In all honesty I suggest a Herp Vet visit for this little one. They are very fragile at this size and the baby just does not look right in the picture. This will give you a litte information on housing: http://www.howtocareforatortoise.com/tortoise-housing-2/
I would like you to give a daily soak of warm water and Pedilalyte daily for hydation. I highly recomment a Herp Vets visit. If you need one I can locate one for you with a State..
The coconuct coir and sand is one of the safer loose substrates. you can use cage carpet. If a Rusian tortoise. they need more moist substrate. These are Herp Vets in WV: http://www.anapsid.org/vets/westva.html If none are close your regular Vet may be able to do a phone consult with the Herp Vets and see if they can treat accordingly.
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This is a comprehensive care sheet for the hatchlng Leopard Tortoise. They do need a most substrate as you can read about: http://tortoiseyard.com/leopard_tortoise_hatchling_care.htm
How is the little tortoise doing? I wanted to check and see if you found my information helpful. Please let me know.
How is the little tortoise doing it has been a while since we spoke. I have been concerned since I have not heard back on his condition.