Hi, I talked to you for a few days now. Thanks by the way. I just wanted to tell you that he his doing a lot better he has been crawling in his box today. :) I am about to put him in his tank and see how it goes. The bad thing is, is that my heater broke! The tempatures of the water is 65 degrees. Is hthat too cold? And if so how do you suggests I bring it up and keep it up until I can get a new heater? And is there anything I should watch for when I put him in the tank

Hi Randa,

Yes, that's too cold for him, especially considering what's been going on.  He won't like it, but you'd better keep him in the box until you can get a new heater for him.  Just make sure to soak him every day.  Since he's doing better, once you get him back in the tank you can go ahead and see if he'll eat.


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Questions regarding husbandry of Russian tortoises and other Mediterranean species, sulcata, and redfoot tortoises; general tortoise and turtle care; box turtle care. If I can't answer a specific question, I can provide sources for further research. Disclaimer: My advice is not a substitute for vet care. If I think your tortoise/turtle has a specific medical condition or injury that warrants a vet visit, I'll tell you so, and if possible I'll help you locate a vet. It is neither legal nor ethical for me to provide veterinary advice.


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