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"We have a tortoise we acquired from a pet store in 1995. The sold him as an Egyptian Tortoise but after looking on the web I can surely say he is a Greek Tortoise. I'm not sure if the two are in the same category but they don't look alike although to an untrained eye they could. We had our tortoise living in a large enclosure outdoors with several other tortoises which were western box tortoises. He doesn't really like other tortoises but the enclosure was large enough for them to run away when he would go after them and thump his self against them. After moving he had a place of his own outside on nice days and spent nights and winter indoors, Long story short he hates to be enclosed in anything and will continually try to get out. So now we let him roam a large bedroom and laundry room. He knows his way around and will sleep in the one or two places at night. We often joke about him being a VW and parking for the night cause he always goes to the same spot. The thing is he seeks out cold places. He will tolerate being put in his cage in the AM with a reptile light and will bask awhile but than he wants out. I also put him in a small tub of water a couple times a week with an inch of water in it and he will bask under the light the 15 min I let him. I used to feed him in it also and he'd bask eat and do his potty duties before he starts trying to get out. But now he no longer wants to eat in there so I put newspaper on the floor and he eats very well than I put him back in his cage and he does his potty thing than he wants out. I have tried keeping him in after he potties by removing the mess and still he wants out. I have put the light at certain heights thinking maybe he's too hot but nope he still wants out. Even where the ligh doesn't hit he still want's out, he enjoys being held and talked to and even a few times we think he's responded to his name. One time he got out the back door and we couldn't find him put in the yard so someone called his name and he came tromping across the yard to the patio where we were sitting. he's been under the bed and we have called him and he's come out. We have other animals in the house which we are always calling and he never responds when we talk to the other animals. He's never tried to bite even when I tube feed him. He goes to sleep for several days in the winter and I check on him often and he will come out of where ever he has parked and I warm him up and get do the water thing offer him food but he wont eat much. Hid hibernation times are normally 7-10 days than he comes out on his own. Than he wants to go to sleep again. He acts like a western box tortoise. So when spring comes he will get more active but doesn't eat right away so I tube feed him a few days to stimulate his appetite and give him a boost start. He does well after that. He will bask in any sunny spot coming thru the window. He seems content living like this. I worry about vitamin deficiency as this spring he seems weak in the legs all the sudden. He is on a diet of leafy lettuces. Such as red lettuce, leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce. he will eat tomatoes every now and than, cauliflower and broccoli, peas, carrots and I give him a little corn cause he seems to enjoy it but I noticed it doesn't digest well so I don't give much to him. He will eat dandelions once in a while and some flowers. He has only been sick once since I have had him, He started getting an URI and because i heard him breathing different kind of wheezing, I got him right in to the vets and he had antibiotic injections for a few days and it cleared right up. he had a fecal done at one time and had giardia but he wasn't showing problems he had normal stools and weight was good so the vet didn't want to treat it unless there were problems down the road. Im taking him in tomorrow to be checked and even have blood work done on him to make sure all is OK. I am worried about his weak leg problem all the sudden and wonder if anyone knows about this?"

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