Love the pic!! To be honest, reptiles were not my thing, so to speak. My youngest sons dad said he was quite the reptile expert and had raised them all his life. So I never really looked into her care that much, I thought it was under control. Then when she was sick and suffering, I took over. Her care was "okay" but now that I've done my homework, if I can get her healthy again, she will become MY pet and get the absolute best care. Vet called with all the results this morning. Her fecal was clear, no parasites. But her wbc was sky high. She is having trouble breathing, a head tilt, walking in circles and no appetite and was not going to the bathroom. The last few weeks, I thought she was going into brumation too (and she probably is). I know she has a respiratory infection. Im hoping the head tilt/circles is an inner ear infection. The labs showed inflammation too. She's on once a day intramuscular antibiotic, and once a day metacam for pain/inflammation and calcium, both oral. And I'm force feeding her, soaking her in warm water, changed all her UVB bulbs, put 3 calibrated thermometers around her tank, and bought new greens and some pinky mice. I'm planning on getting those mercury vapor bulbs. Do you use a red light at night and/or a heating pad under the tank? Any info is greatly appreciated! She is 2 & 1/2 and laid 2 clutches of 30 eggs this summer. Housed alone. 60 gal aquarium. Doesn't like veggies much but likes crickets and worms. Basking light and UVB on top of screen lid.
I sent you a pm about this
Yep, it's because they are a hybrid of two two different species, like a mule.