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We have two baby tortoise (twins - from the same egg).

Recently we went on holiday for Christmas and left both Elmo and Leon at a pet boarding (which had good reviews). When we came back yesterday Elmo looked very weak and puffy, he didn't opened his eyes at all. The vivarium in which they were kept was soaking wet.

Since yesterday Elmo has barely been moving, he refuses food, he doesn't react much when you touch him, and his eyes are closed. We have given him 2 hot bath yesterday and one this morning, but not much reaction.

We have an emergency vet appointment later on today, but unfortunately we couldn't get a reptile vet appointment.

If any of you has been in a similar case, or know how we can help our tiny Elmo, that'd be highly appreciated.

I have added pictures, before (eyes opened -- less puffy) and after (eyes closed).

Elmo Healthy Elmo all puffy

  • My best guess is that it's an infection of some kind, maybe treated by antibiotics? I don't have direct tortoise experience, though, I have a turtle. – Meg Jan 8 at 17:37
  • Meg, we have now been to the vet, Elmo is indeed under an antibiotic treatment. Unfortunately there is still a lot of uncertainties about this tiny monster. – Anoracx Jan 9 at 16:13
  • It's hard to find a good vet with reptile experience, or much good information about it online. Wishing the best for your little Elmo's recovery. – Meg Jan 9 at 16:19

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