My name is ***** ***** I have been a Vet tech for 35+ years and have worked with Reptiles for 40+ years.
Can you tell me what type of tortoise you have?
Any open mouth breathing?
Bubbles from nose or mouth?
UVB light, age and strength?
Any wheezing or coughing?
Is the light you are using a Mercury Vapor bulb? UVB bulbs are rated as a 5.0 or 10.0. Only Mercury Vapor Bulbs are rated in wattage. Can you check the name of the bulb? You may not have a UVB.
My concern is if Not a UVB and just a full spectrum that gives out minimal amounts of UVB, that affects the immune system. A RI need to be treated by a Herp Vet and no getting around that. The fact he is wheezing means the lungs are being affected. WE need to raise the temp in the enclosure 5* as this will help. WE need to get him into a warm soak of 50/50 Pedialyte and warm water to hydrate him for about 15-20 mins. If you do not have a Herp Vet I can locate some with a State or a County. He will need some Antibiotcis. Please be sure your Bulb is a UVB, infact may not hurt to pick one up at the Pet shop and a clamp lamp and add it on the enclosure to be sure he has the UVB. He needs a Reptisun 10.0.
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Yes they need a night heat source, Daylight bulb and a UVB bulb. They need a daily calcium supplement as well. If you need a Herp Vet I can locate one please supply a State or Country. If I have addressed your concerns, please take a moment to rate my service 5 stars. I am not paid by the site until I have a positive rating.
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