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Leopard Tort

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Posted by: exoticball at Sat Oct 22 10:37:16 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by exoticball ]  
   

I have two Leopard torts, one is a little over two years old and the other is a little over one. The older tort grew about 4 inches her first year we had her and the next year she grew about 3. The younger tort has grown about 2 inches and from what I have read the normal growth rate for leopards are 2-4. They have been on the same diet as well. Now the last couple of months my wife noticed that they younger tort does not seem to be as active as the other on is or was at this age. I don't know if this is medical or just personality type- these are the first torts we ever owned. Now this morning my wife took a look at little guy and said that it looks like his hind legs are swollen, I personally do not know if they really are or if the tort was letting a little more butt hang out then normal.

As you can tell, I do not know a lot about medical matters with torts so I was wondering if any of you have any idea what might be going on here?

Also I was wondering if any of you know of any good books that talk more about medical matters with torts? I already own RICHARD FIFE's book but personally I would like like to know more about medical matters with these animals and just don't know where to find the resources.

I know that I probably should get this tort in to a vet for a check up but I figure right now I have no vets in my area that are familiar with torts- just a lot of cats, dogs, small mammals, and birds so if I have an idea where to look before I get there I can give them some guidance as to what we may be looking are rather then paying them to do the research on every a tort can get.

I will try to post a pic of the tort legs in the next day or two to try to help shed some light on this for you guys as well.

Thanks,
Matt


   

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