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I'm sorry to say that the most common reason a tortoise will blow bubbles from his nose is because of a respiratory infection.
Pneumonia is possible, as is a sinus infection.
These infections can be particularly insidious in tortoises, so I would advise having this checked out by a knowledgeable and experienced herp vet as soon as possible.
The vet will be able to do a thorough physical examination and the necessary diagnostic tests to determine the source of the problem and what kind of treatment is indicated.
Depending on what your vet finds, he or she may also want to take x-rays, and will most likely examine some of the bubble stuff under the microscope in order to make a diagnosis.
Unfortunately, there isn't any home care I can recommend for this problem. Your tortoise really needs professional medical care for this issue.
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Thank you for your reply.
I am not surprised he has an infection, he has been missing all winter and it is only by some incredible miracle that I found him this morning a long way from home, and alive. I don't know if we have such a vet around here, I live in a rural area, mostly farms and large household pets, however, I will make enquiries in the morning.
I do have a question though, if he needs an antibiotic for instance, how do you dose him, he is only 6yrs old and 6 inches long?