chelle asked in PetsReptiles · 1 decade ago

Is it normal for a tortoise to wag his tail?

I've noticed that my Russian tortoise sometimes wags his tail while he is walking. Is this normal and does he do it cause he is excited? I usually let him walk around in the house, but my mom tripped out when she saw him walking and his little tail was wagging side to side like a dog. She thinks maybe something is wrong with him since he doesn't do it all the time. Do you think she is right, is something wrong with my tortoise?

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  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    No, it is not normal. Is your puppy missing? I think he ate it.

  • 1 decade ago

    Wagging is normal in tortoises. Part of it is the mechanics of walking.

    As far as we know, it is not a signal of happiness- signs like that are usually designed to be seen or heard by others in the group, and tortoises would usually do a head bob or push-ups.

  • huenke
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    a million. Tail curves gently down and then up lower back on the tip. Cat is comfortable and all is incredibly in his worldwide. 2. Tail somewhat raised with a mushy curve. something has peaked the cat's pastime. 3. Tail is held erect however the tip is tilted over. Cat is in a delightful temper with reasonable reservations. 4. Tail completely erect with the tip stiffly vertical. this is a wholehearted greeting without reservations. this is a carry-over from the kitten degree whilst greeting mom and alluring her to envision the kitten's rear end. 5. Tail completely decreased and in all possibility tucked between hind legs. Cat is showing defeat and its lowly social status. 6. Tail decreased and fluffed out. Cat is showing lively worry. 7. Tail swishing violently from side to side. Cat isn't wagging its tail in exhilaration. usually means that the cat is approximately to attack. 8. Tail held nonetheless, however the tip is twitching. gentle inflammation. If the twitching will enhance a swipe from a paw could be drawing close. 9. Tail is held erect and the finished length is quivering. mushy quivering could be considered after a cat has been greeted by employing its human better half. same action could be observed whilst urine spraying is occurring exterior. The gesture looks to have a which technique of private identity...confident, this is me. 10. Tail held to one side. Sexual invitation of a girl cat in warmth. sign to the male that he can mount without being attacked. 11. Tail held immediately and fully bristled. sign of an aggressive cat. 12. Tail arched and bristled. A protecting stance which will point out cat will attack if provoked greater beneficial. Bristling fur makes the cat seem greater and could deter the enemy.

  • 1 decade ago

    I have an African Sulcata Tortoise and he wags his tail. I dont think anythings wrong with him but if you want to be sure you should call your vet.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If he does it when he is walking then his leg might be making his tail wag,Or ur tortoise is content or happy.

    Source(s): A Vet
  • 1 decade ago

    I have a sulcata tortoise that does that but the only reason why he does it is because he is going to take a big dump.

  • 1 decade ago

    Nothings wrong with him. That is a normal part of moving around for him.

    Source(s): Wilde Ideas Reptile specialist
  • Munch
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    he is happy. its normal dont worry

  • 1 decade ago

    it is completly normal

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