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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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Have a Hermans tortoise. I do believe he hatched 25.8.15 ?!

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Hi have a Hermans tortoise. I do believe he hatched 25.8.15 ?!
I have had it since March this year. Brought from pet shop.
I have soaked him everyday for 10-15mins. Has normally been very active loves his food etc. But the last weeks or so hasn't really been interested in food and hasn't been very active ?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you
Chelsy
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Reptile
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 where housed?

Diet?

Substrate?

UVB, how old, liear tube or compact coil, strength and brand?

Basking light?

Supplenents?

Diet?

Joan

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Vivarium.
Diet salad leafs and grow your tortoise feed
Substrate is like soil with calcium bits in
Has basking bulb 100 wSupplement is rep ashy super veggie
And also has cuttleChelsy
Expert:  Joan replied 1 year ago.

Thank-you, You did not mention The UVB light. I need this information:

UVB, how old, liear tube or compact coil, strength and brand?

Basking light?

Joan

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Has a uvb tube not sure strength or brand and has basking bulb 100wChelsy
Expert:  Joan replied 1 year ago.

The big thing I am concerned with that can affect your tortoise is the UVB light. If out of date which is 6 months or older it will affect appetite and cause lethargy . I recommend the Reptisun 10.0 linear tube. This is the most effective UVB bulb and I believe this may make a difference in what you are seein. We also see Tortoises slow down during breeding season which this is. I would try replaceing the UVB linear tube and see if it does make a difference. If it does not make a difference the next step would be a Hrp Vet for a stool sample to rule out parasites and an exam o be sure there is no blockage from the substrate. I can supply a List of Herp Vets if you tell me the area of the UK.

Joan

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Aww ok I will go out first thing in morning and get it replaced.
I'm da5 area bexleyheath KentThank youChelsy
Expert:  Joan replied 1 year ago.

This is a link for Herp Vet in UK: http://www.anapsid.org/vets/england.html if I have addressed your concerns, please take a moment to rate my service 5 stars.

Joan

Expert:  Joan replied 1 year ago.
Hi Chelsy,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Timmy. How is everything going?

Joan