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Ive had my desert tortoise 35 yrs, her tongue has always

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Ive had my desert tortoise for around 35 yrs, her tongue has always been pinkish red, I noticed today when she was eating that it was very white. What does this mean ?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Reptile
Expert:  Anna replied 1 year ago.
Hello and welcome. My name is ***** ***** I'm a biologist with a special interest in reptiles. I would like to help you today.Usually when tissue that is normally pink turns white, it means blood is not being circulated normally. That in turn can indicate anemia, a heart problem, internal bleeding (which can be caused by many different conditions), or other health problems. The only way to know for sure is with a complete vet exam, including blood work.If your tortoise has any other symptoms, such as lethargy, appetite loss, breathing difficulty, or movement problems, you'll want to see a vet right away. If everything else seems normal, I would make an appointment tomorrow. It's a good idea to schedule an exam once per year routinely, but when a symptom appears it is even more important. If you don't have a reptile vet, give me your zip code and I'll find one for you. If you have other questions, just let me know. I hope your tortoise will be fine.Anna