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Thank-you for requesting me. I have been a Vet tech for 30+ years with special interest in reptiles and reptile rescue.
Can you tell me if the tortoise gets any type of calcium supplement?
Is it possible she ingested a foreign body?
Was this her first clutch of eggs?
If you pinch her back feet does she try to retract them?
Does he act like she want to lay more eggs or is she nesting?
State to locate a Herp Vet?
The direct sunlight is good for the tortoise, but without a calcium supplement the tortoise can get Metabolic Bone Disease. The rocks that are being ingested can cause blockages, so it is wise that you try and pick them up if around. We scatter Cuttle bones out for the tortoises to chew on.
We know there is movement, so lets try giving her some baby food prunes and wait 45min-1hour and then give a nice warm soak. This should help her produce a stool. Sometimes we see stool compacted and it can put pressure on the spinal cord. If we get her to pass some stool, we may be able to get her legs going.
I do want you to start her on a plain calcium and to use the Cuttle Bones. I am going to give you some links to Herp Vets in NY: http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Info/newyork.htm and http://www.anapsid.org/vets/newyork.html
It is also important for a tortoise who lays eggs to have the Calcium as that can cause egg binding.
I will be here all evening, so if you try the prunes, let me know the results if she passes stool.