A BIG problem with my Star Tortoise
Hello, I am Akanksha. 4 days ago I found a small Star Tortoise in my uncle's farmhouse and I took it home. It was very quiet and shy the first day and the next day he became a bit friendly. We gave him all sorts of vegges- Carrot, Leaves, Tomato and Lady Finger. But the only vegetable he chose to eat was lady finger. Ok. He eats like, 1-2 lady finger a day, and nothing else. He sleeps in a corner and seems active though but still sometimes I feel he is weak inside. Our city doesnt have any vet which cures tortoises so I cant take my tortoise there.I researched about a star tortoise on the internet and found that it should not be given seeds,as it has proteins,so keeping this in mind I remove all seeds from the lady finger before giving it to my tortoise. Also, he should be given vitamins and calcium plus mineral mix powder. UVB lamp is very important too, and basking is a necessity.But the problem is that we live in a flat and so we dont have any basking area for him. I keep him in the home with my light on and soon even may be today I'm going to bring him the fluroscent lamp and a bulb of 40 watts for basking. Yesterday (6-5-09) I got him calcium and vitamin D3 supplement tablets, mineral mix powder and Vitamin A and B12 syrup (these all are for animals). I cut some lady fingers and mixed these medicines into it. My tortoise came near it, smelled it, ate one or two slices (about 0.5cm big)went away and sat in a corner. He didnt eat the food then. Today also when I gave him 2 lady fingers(with those suplements mixed in it), and he didnt eat it. He smelled it for some seconds and went off. I became worried. My mom advised me to give him some plain lady fingers, without anything mixed in it,like I used to do earlier. I did and he happily ate the whole food (i.e 1 lady finger cut into 0.5 cm small pieces without any seeds).I got to know that he hates vitamin and calcium powder that I mix in his lady finger.Most of the time he is asleep in a corner, especially after eating and the other time he is roaming. I did keep a lukewarm water shallow dish near him, but he never seems to be drinking. Though he sits in it for a while sometimes.I give him a bath everyday,with lukewarm water and that time he urinates and defaecates. I know that its normal to happen. I have some really worthy questions now, please
answer each of them by correct number. I'm waiting please...:
1.Is it okay for my tortoise to spend most of his time (minimum 12 hrs)sleeping in a corner?
2.What do I do to supply him vitamins and minerals and calcium because he does not like them when sprinkled on his lady fingers?
3.Does my tortoise drink his water given to him? Because he does urinate, but I never saw him drinking.
4.Would a simple fluroscent lamp (cfl) would work for him instead of UVB lamp because here not many shops have UVB lamps?.
5.Is it okay for him just to eat lady fingers only because he likes and eats only lady fingers and no other vegetable. Will only and only lady finger consuming harm him in any way?
6.Am I doing wrong if I am making him bath in lukewarm water every morning? Should I do it in 2-3 days or even regular bath is good?
7.What are the symptoms of an ILL tortoise?
8.What are the symptoms of an UNHAPPY tortoise?
9.Do star tortoiss hibernate? If yes,then where and at what age?
10.What is the best way to keep a tortoise happy?
11.Is it okay to take him with us in some other city for some days, since we have an event there and I cant afford to leave my tortoise alone at our home for 10 days.
12.What if my star tortoise falls down once or twice, say from a height of 1 foot, he has fallen once but he seems to be really okay,and no wound was there.
13.Is my tortoise a healthy tortoise? He seems to be happy and normal but sometimes avoids food,but then still I make him eat it all.
14.How many times a tortiose should be fed in a day? I'm talking about a baby star tortoise of around 1 year and I'm asking about the quantity of food to be given to him in Grams each day.
15.How to make my tortoise bath in a betadine solution? I read it on a website that once a week a tortoise must be washed in a betadine solution which looks like weak tea. BUT HOW? Wont it affect his eyes or mouth?
Thanks a lot for your time. I would really appreciate your answers. Please number them same as the question numbers. I'm really very worried about my star tortoise as it's just been 5 days since I got him, and I dont know what was his lifestyle there in the farmhouse. I really want to know all these answers, as I love tortoises and I want mine to be the happiest one.
Please Reply Soon !!
Waiting for your worthy answers.