Heat behaviour problems and estivation

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Re: Heat behaviour problems and estivation

Postby lorna » Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:25 am

You may have said earlier, but have you had him checked for worms? If he has eaten any carrion, it might be worth checking.

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Re: Heat behaviour problems and estivation

Postby Bazza » Fri Oct 01, 2010 1:14 pm

Hi Lorna,

Sorry for the delay in replying.

No he has never been checked for worms.

Although I am happy to say that over the past month or 2 he has totally reverted back to his original happy self, marching around the garden.(obviously slowing down now because of the weather)

Many Thanks for replying though.

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Re: Heat behaviour problems and estivation

Postby lisamiller » Mon Apr 23, 2012 12:27 am

hi my 20mth old horsfield has no energy hardly she is laying down with her back legs spread out flat and seems to be flapping her front legs as they are tucked under her not sure if this is normal 1st time tortoise owner so still learning
any advice is more than welcome
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Re: Heat behaviour problems and estivation

Postby Tortoise Trust » Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:14 am

It is NOT normal. You need to get this tortoise to a specialist vet without delay for a full checkup and diagnosis.

We also need to know exactly how you have been keeping here.... housing... heat... temperatures... everything, before we can advise further. Meantime, get to a vet ASAP.
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Re: Heat behaviour problems and estivation

Postby Avatar » Wed May 16, 2012 3:30 pm

How to distinguish between a sick tortoise and an estivating tortoise? :? Both would probably eat less and become sleepy..... :shock:
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Re: Heat behaviour problems and estivation

Postby Tortoise Trust » Thu May 17, 2012 5:08 am

Tortoises only estivate under certain conditions. If those conditions are not present, there are other problems. Further, few captive tortoises would estivate.
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Re: Heat behaviour problems and estivation

Postby Tortoise Trust » Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:32 am

Just an update for you on this topic. It has been very, very hot and dry this year. We had (shade) temperatures of 44C the other day. Ground temperatures were over 62C! 62.6, in fact, which is a staggering 144.68 Fahrenheit.....

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I have been carefully monitoring one local tortoise for the past couple of months. It is to be found under this shrub:

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Here I've just moved the vegetation out of the way for a photo:

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This tortoise moved there on JUNE 19.

It has not moved since, and it is now 15 August......
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Re: Heat behaviour problems and estivation

Postby AliTBimbo » Wed Aug 15, 2012 2:53 pm

Oh blimey, will it not dehydrate?
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Re: Heat behaviour problems and estivation

Postby Tortoise Trust » Wed Aug 15, 2012 3:13 pm

No.

There has been no rain to speak of since late April, either....
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Re: Heat behaviour problems and estivation

Postby Steve C » Wed Aug 15, 2012 3:18 pm

Is estivation just like hibernation? By that, I mean, does the tortoise put all it's systems on minimum tick over like hibernation, or is it awake and just lying low until conditions are more suitable for activity?
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