My Hermanns tortoise is restless.
by Sophie Wade
(Hornchurch, Essex, UK)
I have a 3 year old Hermanns tortoise. We recently changed the room her tank was in and ever since then she spends all day constantly pacing up and down the glass of her tank trying to climb up and scratch to get out. When we take her out she'll walk around for ten minutes or so and then huddles up and goes to sleep as if she doesn't want to be out at all. This is extra to the couple of hours or so a day that we usually have her walking around.
She's in a 3ft tank with a heat lamp, UV light and logs etc for her to climb on to make life interesting but this still is not pleasing her. The temperature of her tank is regulated between 22 and 32 degrees and the heat lamp is on a timer and so is not on all the time to try and keep her tank at a nice temperature for her, and she has a heat mat which is turned on at night.
We feed her a diet of mainly watercress with the occasional treat of lettuce and other greens etc.(spinach, rocket, carrot etc) and every other day she has vitamin supplements sprinkled on her food.
She was not hibernated this year as she was bitten by a dog and had to have a fiberglass patch on her back but she has recovered very well from this accident and shows no signs of repercussions from it, the vet is pleased with her progress and says that all in all she is a very healthy tortoise.
Do you think you could offer us any insight into reasons why she might be so restless? Is there any reason why she might be unhappy?