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#68530 Male Horsfield For Rehoming

Posted by wizzasmum on 01 July 2018 - 01:24 PM in Tortoises For Sale or Rehoming

Well done, that was quick :)



#68527 Hermanni For Rehoming

Posted by wizzasmum on 26 June 2018 - 05:58 PM in Tortoises For Sale or Rehoming

2-3 year old Hermanns tortoise available for rehoming to someone with outdoor summer accommodation. Currently in Ross on Wye. Reply please to wizzasmum@aol.com



#68525 Georgie Sleeping Out At Night

Posted by wizzasmum on 19 June 2018 - 06:15 PM in Outdoor Enclosures

Perfect, no heat needed overnight :)



#68522 Help With First Outdoor Enclosure

Posted by wizzasmum on 17 June 2018 - 09:33 AM in Outdoor Enclosures

Once it’s dark she won’t go back out until morning :)



#68520 Help With First Outdoor Enclosure

Posted by wizzasmum on 16 June 2018 - 06:21 PM in Outdoor Enclosures

Not if you’re ok with her security. The only thing is that there’s a danger if you get foxes or your gardens not secure.



#68517 Georgie Sleeping Out At Night

Posted by wizzasmum on 16 June 2018 - 07:59 AM in Outdoor Enclosures

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Looking good Millie :)



#68512 Slug And Snail Control.

Posted by wizzasmum on 15 June 2018 - 12:39 PM in Outdoor Enclosures

If your garden is totally enclosed and tortoise proof, try introducing a few toads or frogs. I very rarely have slugs or snails now, but have a very healthy toad population ;) Leave some roof ridge tiles around and they will make their homes under them.



#68499 Help With First Outdoor Enclosure

Posted by wizzasmum on 04 June 2018 - 10:09 PM in Outdoor Enclosures

You’re doing fine, although I’d pop him in the cold frame when he digs in for the night. He’ll soon get the idea, it’s just better if the weather turns nasty and he’s more likely to wake if it’s warmer in there. Having said that, the weather at the moment has been nice enough to stay out of the cold frame and they’re clever little things. It certainly doesn’t have to be 16 degrees overnight, the Med has much cooler overnight temps at either end of the season. I’ve seen torts in Turkey nesting the day after some quite cold nights :) you don’t need uv outdoors, if you have a few days where he stays under cover, just use the D3 supplement. Is your breeder a new breeder? Most have babies outdoors now. Whereabouts are you?



#68491 Growth

Posted by wizzasmum on 26 May 2018 - 11:32 AM in Hermann Tortoise

Don’t worry too much, so long as you’re not supplementing with too much picked stuff. At this time of year even wild tortoises will have a growth line, but as the summer goes on it lessens. Keep an eye on weights and outdoors you’re likely to see it even out. Make sure there’s a lot of moist substrate in any hide areas to encourage good smooth growth ;)



#68485 Hatchling Hermanns

Posted by wizzasmum on 24 May 2018 - 04:12 PM in Tortoises For Sale or Rehoming

I have two of these left. Will let 2 go for £140 to the right home or £79 each



#68484 7 Year Old Hermanns - Rehoming

Posted by wizzasmum on 24 May 2018 - 04:10 PM in Tortoises For Sale or Rehoming

Does he have any health issues? Also what size is he, do you have pics?



#68480 7 Year Old Hermanns - Rehoming

Posted by wizzasmum on 22 May 2018 - 09:29 PM in Tortoises For Sale or Rehoming

I’d offer the table separately. He needs to be outdoors 24/7 at this age ;)



#68475 How Do You Dispose Your Substrate Used Indoors?

Posted by wizzasmum on 19 May 2018 - 10:18 PM in Indoor Enclosures

I sprinkle mine on the lawn or borders ;)



#68469 Help With First Outdoor Enclosure

Posted by wizzasmum on 15 May 2018 - 05:01 PM in Outdoor Enclosures

Just buy a 100watt spot from a hardware store ;)



#68468 Thinking Of Putting Squirt In A Oustside Enclosure

Posted by wizzasmum on 15 May 2018 - 09:32 AM in Hermann Tortoise

Makes perfect sense Sabina, they rise with the early sun, but often retire much earlier than sunset, as the sun going lower in the sky triggers them to dig in while the ground is still warm.



#68465 Thinking Of Putting Squirt In A Oustside Enclosure

Posted by wizzasmum on 14 May 2018 - 06:06 PM in Hermann Tortoise

Where’s there’s sun all day if possible :)



#68462 Thinking Of Putting Squirt In A Oustside Enclosure

Posted by wizzasmum on 14 May 2018 - 05:09 PM in Hermann Tortoise

I agree with Sabina. I’d not go and spend a lot of money on stuff that’s not going to work from a tortoises point of view. Always avoid wire at ground level as they will just poke their heads through and get stuck or worse. Do let us know what you choose to go with, torty housings exciting at this time of year ;)



#68458 Tank Enjoying His Favourite Food.

Posted by wizzasmum on 13 May 2018 - 02:30 PM in Photo Gallery

Glad he’s better. Lovely to see him outdoors in a natural situation :)



#68439 Introducing A New Tortoise To Another

Posted by wizzasmum on 05 May 2018 - 04:14 PM in Hermann Tortoise

Once again thanks very much for the info
 
He seems fine - he is eating well and looks really relaxed - perhaps he was henpecked!!!
 
I think I will leave him on his own


I would, especially with him being male ;)



#68437 Introducing A New Tortoise To Another

Posted by wizzasmum on 05 May 2018 - 08:38 AM in Hermann Tortoise

Again, have to agree with Sabina. Once they lay the eggs, that is where they leave their babies. Putting a youngster with an older one will only result in trampled babies, they have no emotional connection whatsoever. He might even bite off a head, just to see what it is (yes its happened sadly). Then you have the problem that if one or both turn out to be male, there will be fights, sometimes viciously. Just as an example, I wont sell babies to add to established older animals as 9 times out of 10 those people get back to me in the future looking to rehome one. With tortoises we have to think tortoise at all times and not mammal. Does he seem to miss the other one right now? Has he stopped eating or is he hiding away? If not Id not worry about him. You could always try introducing another adult to see what his reaction is, but with the option to return it if things dont work, but you would need more than one female.



#68434 Introducing A New Tortoise To Another

Posted by wizzasmum on 04 May 2018 - 05:16 PM in Hermann Tortoise

Agree with Sabina. Sorry you lost your female. I’m guessing they lived harmoniously together, but sadly this might not be the case if you introduce another female. He would probably bully her relentlessly. If you were to introduce several females then you would be evening things up as far as the females were concerned, but you would still have to separate them for long periods as he would lose condition from his ‘activities’. Keeping him alone wont be a problem for him in the long term.



#68423 33.000 Tortoise-Eggs In A Breeding-Farm In Slowenia

Posted by wizzasmum on 24 April 2018 - 08:30 PM in Breeding

Someone just sent me this link to a breeding-farm:
https://www.facebook.com/farm.dular/
 
Unbelievabel!



It’s Aleksander Dular. Very greedy man. He bought a few tortoises from a ‘lady’ called Alenka some years ago. They fence wild tortoises onto their land in spring until they lay and then release them so they don’t have to care for them. Disgustingly unscrupulous people and CITES grant them licences to export these babies. Unbelievable! Shame they don’t do dna testing on them.



#68404 Living Outdoors Permantly - Eek!

Posted by wizzasmum on 21 April 2018 - 11:12 AM in Outdoor Enclosures

To be honest Nic, this wont work. The wire run will mean that Queenie will be able to see out and so wont perceive the barrier as a barrier. She will constantly try to escape it which will be stressful. She needs solid sides built onto a soil area. The hutch is fine as a temporary garden shelter but wont give you enough height to add lamps Im afraid. It would be quite an expensive mistake to make. Not many pet outlets have anything suitable for tortoises, even those that say they are tortoise specialists.



#68400 Living Outdoors Permantly - Eek!

Posted by wizzasmum on 19 April 2018 - 06:15 PM in Outdoor Enclosures

Thank you. I’m so impressed with your enclosure Sabina. Well thought out with the tortoises uppermost in mind :)



#68398 Living Outdoors Permantly - Eek!

Posted by wizzasmum on 19 April 2018 - 10:07 AM in Outdoor Enclosures

Lovely info Sabina. Would you mind me using these links on a Facebook group please?