Hi, I have a Spurred Thighed Tortoise called Terry, who has come out of hibernation and for the first time is not 'right'. I am not sure how old he is, my Dad bought in him 1964 and he was about the size of a small teaplate then. He now measures aprox. 215 millimetres(carapace) and weighed 2500 grams last October and has only lost about 5grams which is normal for him after the winter. His hibernation was no different to the last 50 years!! He has always been slow to eat but this year he doesn't seem to want to and I am giving him warm baths and water from a 5ml. syringe. His mouth is quite clear and he has no discharges from eyes or tail. His shell is also o.k. He is not moving his back legs and doesn't seem to have any stength to lift or move himself. He is normally quite strong. I know his sight hasn't been good for some years now but this hasn't affected him finding food etc. and he does have a large lump under his left front leg but he can still retract his leg back into his shell, the local Vet thinks it is just a cyst. I live in France about two hours from Caen, having moved here ten years ago with Terry, I thought I would ask your advice before seeing my French Vet who doesn't have any Tortoises on their books!! Regards ***** ***** XXXXX XXXXXX
I think our replys must have crossed, I did write to you saying that Terry didn't make it as his kidneys had failed.
Who would have thought you could miss a Tortoise so much.
Many thanks your advice was helpful to us and the Vet.