ANSWER: Your tortoise may have post-hibernation anorexia, which is a potentially serious condition.
So I strongly recommend a trip to see an experienced reptile vet.
To survive hibernation tortoises need to store up food in summer.
If these food stores are used up during hibernation, it can lead to an accumulation of toxic substances.
Warm baths with supplements such as Reptoboost can help as they enable the tortoise to drink and encourage urination, which is essential for eliminating the toxins.
Post hibernation, the correct temperature and UV light supply are also crucial.
You will need specialised equipment and your vet can advise.
Your vet may also want to take blood samples to check on liver and kidney function.
If your tortoise is still not eating after a week or two, a spell in hospital with stomach tubing may be required.
See tortoisetrust.org for more information.
● David Grant MBE was a vet at the RSPCA Harmsworth Hospital for Animals.
Write to him at Express Yourself, 10 Lower Thames Street, London EC3R 6EN.
He is unable to enter into correspondence.
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