ebt not eating maybe trying to hibernate
Posted 02 October 2011 - 11:14 PM
Whats really confusing is at times shes hyper, roams the cage chases the feeder fish and crawdad in her pond, and climbs all over everything( glad i put a lid on the thing really) but then will bury herself, and as far as i can tell simply wont leave if i dont mover her. Ive been trying to put weight on her but shes sstill closer to a feather than a rock ( i really need to get a scale) so im afraid to hibernate her this year... Any help be greatly apreciated
Oh i know the 90 in the basking areas to hot, but thats were shes been burrowing... Just the range on my thermostat is a bit wider than id like and thats were shes been burrowing
Posted 03 October 2011 - 01:23 AM
Posted 03 October 2011 - 03:40 AM
If you have not had your turtle checked for parasites and it turns out it does have parasites, do not hibernate until all parasites are eliminated which could take a few months or more depending on the type of parasite.
Posted 03 October 2011 - 09:46 AM
i was planning on trying to add another boxie at an upcoming reptile expo... maybe, figured id get them both tested while theyre separated.
oh and while i was misting the inclosure today... she probably did three laps around the table running from the sprayer. and to it at the stream at ranodm... but then after breakfast she was dug back in... its the activity then burrowing ... and i have 2 log hides and a cave for her in the table
im probably jsut worrying over nothing... the periods of activity confuse me when mixed with the burrowing head first.
the first winter is stressful
Posted 03 October 2011 - 09:49 AM
well im going for a vivarium type set up so carpets not an option. i know boxies are going to burrow, just in the past she always kept her head out. as far as feeding... im probably going to try canned catfood and carrots before force feeding... but that is an interesting way to do it. i do need to add more moss or some mulch to my dirt, the cheap dirt from home depot is just to sandy to hold much water
i use to have mulch in my tank and my EBT would burrow around HEAD first, he would mess up his tank real bad, and the mutch would be everywhere so now im using something similar to reptile carpet, its pretty much a rubber mat on the bottom of his tank,and i take green leaves off of a bush outside and put them in his hut for bedding, he still digs around in them and sleeps in them, if yours is staying burrowed ALL the time and isnt eating, it MAY be trying to hybernate,or even though you seem to have a great set up, for some strange reason she might be getting cold somehow, if it comes down to it and you feel that it REALLY NEEDS TO EAT, force feeding an EBT is actually very easy, all you have to do is take a standard 1 1/2 inch safety pin and open it up and straiten it out but leave the little coil in it, if you want you can cut of the point (i left mine on) now pick up your turtle and grab one of its front legs and gently grab it and pull it out og the shell and hold it by its side(since its shoulder is out the turtle cant close its shell) now hold that leg very tight against its shell so you dont lose grip of it, have the food near-by, take the pin and put it in the side of its beak at a small upward angle, once its in the mouth,straiten it out and push slowly threw its mouth, and make the pin come out the other side of its beak,(you want it like a bar going across hits mouth, like horses have) now hold that in place or get someone else to, cuz the turtle will try to spit it out, put a small piece of food in the side of its mouth when it opens, then just pull the pin out the side slowly, once it has food in its mouth it cant help but taste it and eat it, then just set some of the same food in front of it , THIS IS JUST A SIMPLE WAY OF FORCE FEEDING YOUR TURTLE, THIS IS NOT MEANT TO HARM THE TURTLE IN ANY WAY, this should be your last option if it wont eat
Posted 03 October 2011 - 03:48 PM
Posted 03 October 2011 - 04:01 PM
Posted 03 October 2011 - 08:57 PM
Hibernation should last for a minimum of two months. Most turtles that really hibernate do so for at least three-four months. Even if they don't hibernate, they probably will be less active over the winter.
gonna be a long winter... i just assumed keeping the temps up and lights on it wouldnt trigger the natural hibernation response... maybe ill have to hibernate her for a week or to and bring her back up... anyone know if that would work?
Posted 03 October 2011 - 10:22 PM
Posted 04 October 2011 - 04:07 AM
To the OP - a fecal test usually runs about $25 at a vet and many vets will do one without having to see the turtle. Call your vet and ask if they will check a stool sample for you. With what you are describing and the light weight, I would have one done ASAP because parasites in captivity multiply like crazy cause the turtle keeps reinfecting itself via ingestion of eggs via food or water.
Posted 04 October 2011 - 07:52 AM
Thabks again everyone for your responses
Actually, its rather annoying here i am worrying, and im laying in bed watching franklin roam around her cage, doing her laps from wall to wall .... Haha fininicky lil girl
Posted 04 October 2011 - 11:15 AM
Posted 04 October 2011 - 03:20 PM
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