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Joan, Veterinary Technician
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Experience:  35+ years experience as veterinary tech and 40+ years experience doing reptile rescues.
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We have a pretty large leopard tortoise who is regurgitating

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Hi - We have a pretty large leopard tortoise who is regurgitating water. He's non hibernating and the weather is turning cold. Anything to be concerned about?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Reptile
Expert:  Joan replied 1 year ago.


My name is ***** ***** I have been a Vet tech for 30+ years with special interest in Reptiles and Reptile Rescue. I am sorry for the wait, but I just signed on and saw you have been waiting. Any time a Tortoise is regurgitating is cause for concern. This can be a sign of a problem like Parasites, Respiratory infection or even a blockage. I do highly urge an exam by a qualified Herp Vet to see what is going on and treat accordingly. Even though they do not hibernate some do go into a torpor and slow down in the cooler weather, so having him checked out is very important. He should not be regurgitating.

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