Why is my tortoise not putting weight on?

Why is my tortoise not putting weight on?

Temperature: One of the most common reasons for pet tortoises losing their appetite is that their surroundings are too cold. The trend today is to keep young hatchlings on open tortoise tables, rather than in enclosed vivariums where the ventilation is more restricted and the temperature is higher.

How can I fatten up my tortoise?

Just feed a good diet and if he is worm free (your vet should have done a faecal test to see if this is why he is underweight), weigh weekly and allow around 2-4 grams monthly weight gain for normal progress.

How much weight should a tortoise put on a month?

As I’m sure you know, the best thing is for your tortoise to gain weight very slowly, and we usually say to aim at an average weight gain of between 1g – 4g per month.

What weight should my tortoise be?

Pet Tortoise Sizes and Weights

Tortoise Type Size Weight
Egyptian Tortoises 4 – 5 inches 105 – 400 grams
Spider Tortoise 5 – 7 inches 200 – 400 grams
Greek Tortoise 6 – 7 inches 2 – 3 pounds
Russian Tortoise 8 – 10 inches 3 pounds

What happens if I overfeed my tortoise?

Sulcata tortoises require a very high-fiber, grass-based diet to stay healthy. If you feed the wrong foods to your tortoise, it will grow too quickly, develop a bumpy, pyramided shell, and may develop other health problems that could drastically shorten its lifespan.

Why does my tortoise not want to eat anything?

There could be several reasons for your tortoise to stop eating, from the simple fact that they do not like their food, to a more serious issue and illness such as a chest infection. Other potential reasons include: constipation, being too cold and no desire to eat following waking up/reemerging from a sleeping state.

When do tortoises start to eat again after hibernation?

While you do want your tortoise to eat as soon as possible after a hibernation don’t be surprised if they don’t show interest in food for two or three days. Ensure that your tortoise has access to plenty of water when they first wakes from his hibernation. Once they are fully hydrated, they should show interest in food again.

What to do if your tortoise has an upset stomach?

Unlike a dog you won’t find a tortoise moping around whimpering at your feet when they’ve got an upset stomach. What you can do however is get to know your tortoise’s normal behavioral patterns; in particular things like how much they tend to move around their enclosure, and how much food they tend to eat each day.

Is it normal for tortoises to eat garden snails?

This is quite normal, but should not occur if you are using a calcium supplement. Tortoises will sometimes hunt garden snails for the same reason, seeking the calcium present in their shells. Occasionally, they may engage in coprophagy, eating their droppings, or those of other animals.

Can a tortoise get fat?

I can hear your shocked question now, “Can tortoises get fat?” Tortoises can get fat and it’s a major health hazard if they do. Turtles and tortoises can gain too much weight, adding fat deposits on their limbs and necks, which restricts their ability to tuck into their shells for safety.

Why are my tortoises not eating?

There are a number of reasons why a tortoise would suddenly stop eating, Both from the keeper’s actions, or inaction. These may include improper temperature control or lighting, hibernation or illness While this is the case, however, a pet tortoise not eating can be a sign of a much bigger problem lying underneath.