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My female horsfield tortoise had a hair hanging out of her bottom yesterday. As it had feces attached to it i pulled it out. She started weeing as i did it. I've just read that i shouldn't have done it. Will she be ok??

Hi Simone,

I suspect she will be fine. That happens a lot with cats and dogs as well. Next time, it is better to just let it pass normally as pulling it can potentially cause damage to the intestines. Just cut the exposed part off. I think potential damage is more likely with something stronger like string rather then hair though.

I think the hair would have broken before it applied enough pressure against the intestinal wall to cause any serious injury.  


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I can answer questions on the proper husbandry and diet of Iguanas, bearded dragons, geckoes, skinks, chameleons, tortoises, box turtles, treefrogs, non-venomous snakes and tarantulas. Also the breeding of some species of feeder insects. I have no experience with venonmous snakes and only limited experience with aquatic turtles.


I have been keeping and breeding reptiles for over 30 years. In addition to my regular job in the medical field I also worked for several years in a pet store that specialized only in exotics. The job entailed both caring for and answering questions on innumerable species. It required constant, extensive research into a wide range of reptiles. I have been called to appear on televised national media (CBC, CTV and Life Channel) as well as CBC radio to discuss the proper care of reptiles and other exotics in captivity. I currently own one or more species of those listed under my expertise with the exception of chameleons. I owned chameleons for years but keep none currently. I keep over 20 snakes comprising 5 species, both Colubridae and Boidae. I bred corn snakes for several years. I have a particular interest in treefrogs and currently have 5 different species. I've raised redfoot tortoises for 10 years and have two iguanas, one for 12 years.

A small and now defunct local magazine called "Pet Vue"

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