Is my Hermann's tortoise ok?
Tommy the Hermann's Tortoise
I have had a Hermann's tortoise called Tommy for about 3 years.
He has a slightly weird shaped shell but apart from that he seems to be OK.
He eats apple, strawberries, lettuce, and a dried formula from the pet shop.
He has a big cage with proper heat and a big sun lamp, but he does not seem very happy. All he does is eat and sleep. I was wondering if he is OK and what I can do to make his life a bit more interesting.
Do I need to get him a friend? I did hear that if I got another tortoise then they would fight? please help as I am worried about him.
I'm glad you sent a picture of Tommy. That will help other people to answer your question.
The easy part is to say that unless a tortoise wants to mate, another tortoise won't improve the situation.
You didn't say whether Tommy's behavior has changed. If it has, you should find a veterinarian to get him a check-up.
I'm worried that Tommy might be eating too much fruit. Check the list of tortoise food
Also, ask yourself if he has anything interesting to do in his home. For example, have you ever tried putting his food just above his normal reach so he has to stretch or climb just a little to get it? Maybe he just needs some variety.
Keep it slow and steady.