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Spur thigh tortoise hasn't eaten a month. He's almost 11

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Spur thigh tortoise hasn't eaten for almost a month. He's almost 11 years old. Tried giving him warm water soaks 2-3times a week for couple weeks, but still won't eat. Today, decided to give soak again & while he was somewhat responsive, I took him to his outdoor habitat & he just sits there lethargic. When I touch him, he doesn't even pull back onto his she'll as he use to. What else can I do
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Joan replied 1 year ago.

Hello,

My name is ***** ***** I have been a Vet Tech for 30+ years with special interest in Reptiles and Reptile rescue.

Can you tell me which sub species of Spur Thighed tortoise you have? Is it Testudo iberas, Testudo graeca graeca or another subspecies?

If you pinch a back foot does the tortoise pull the foot away?

If you poke the tail area does he respond?

Are the eyes sunken in?

Any bubbles from nose or mouth?

Joan