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My name is ***** ***** I have been a Vet tech for 30+ years with special interest in reptile and reptile rescue.
You who question did not com through and does not tell me what type of Reptile you have. Can you elaborate on the information?
Let me ask a few questions to help.
Do you house inside?
Do you have a UVB bulb, strength, age of bulb, brand linear tube or compact coil?
Do you give supplements?
When I hear about this problem I always check on the UVB light as they are only good for 6 months. They will still give light, but after 6 months they looks the ability to give UVB rays. This can start a progression of Metabolic Bone Disease which can cause the flipping over. That would be the only medical issue. The UVB needs to work with a daily calcium supplement, that is why I asked about the supplements.
Tortoises do flip over easily and if left too long they can be injured because the lungs can compress and it makes it hard for them to breathe. Being vigilant is very important to be sure that then do not stay on the back very long. Some tortoises will flip if there are itemem in the enclosure the get the sell caught on. If your UVB is up to date and you give a calcium supplement, then most likely your tortoise is just a bit clumsy and flipping over.
Did you have any further I could address about this issue? I would be happy to continue to discuss them with you. If he was just checked out in September, I am pretty sure it is just a little clumsiness.
Yes as long as you wash you hands well after handling, there should be no problem.Congratulations on the baby. I am sure the tortoise will be fine and he is lucky to have you. Please let me know what the Vet says after the visit. If I have addressed your concerns, please take a moment to rate my service.
Checking in on you and your tortoise. Hope the information was helpful