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#65981 First Time Owner - Food Help Please?

Posted by abigsnail1992 on 23 March 2016 - 10:50 AM in Suitable Foods

Well, whilst I await the seedlings to grow I've managed to get hold of some watercress & romain lettuce & Normy absolutely loves it! Hopefully his dandelions & clovers will be through soon enough :)



#65980 Newbie - Hybernation Advice?

Posted by abigsnail1992 on 23 March 2016 - 10:36 AM in Hibernation

I'd be asking the store manager for some proof of this as any breeder knows, you cannot hatch a tortoise and grow it on in a Viv with constant heat and light. Not only would it not be possible from the outset, but a hatchling subjected to this regime would die very quickly. Would love to know who said this! As mentioned, do you have a certificate with him? This will tell you exactly where he came from. If not it will give the name of the holder in box 1 which means they bought them as imports to sell to the trade. You don't need the bedroom bit, better to have deep soil to dig into, the same as in nature. If you have him in a Viv, you could do with getting him into something larger and open topped, to give him more air circulation and a temperature gradient as constant high temps can be lethal unfortunately. From the 'advice' given I'm wondering if you have a horsfield, common in pet shops now with minimal advice offered.


Yes, his paper says the holder is Zoological International LTD, and he was captive born & bred or artificially propogated, whatever that means! By the looks of it he comes from Slovenia & his paper was issued in 2015 by AHVLA...

The 'bedroom' bit is just called that for my reference... It's just a part of the table top that's sectioned off a bit from the rest, so it's darker & cooler. I'm just worried about changing things up for him & freaking him out or something. This is Norman (The paper I have says he's a Hermann) :) He looks bigger in the picture than he actually is!

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#65973 Hello From Myself & Norman!

Posted by abigsnail1992 on 23 March 2016 - 12:11 AM in Introduce Yourself Here

Hi Folks!

I've already posted a couple of things on the forum so thought I should introduce me & my Hermann, Norman :)

I got him last August from a store that (supposedly) specialises in exotic pets, although upon following advice here, I'm doubting this! Anyway, he's chipped & I have all his papers, and he generally seems a happy little guy! He's got quite a character already :)

Unfortunately our back garden is all paved/stones with plants unsuitable for Norm so he is indoors, however, he does go out for a potter to help keep his claws trim & he can play in the grass out front. We've also created a 'garden in a box' for him to enjoy inside when it's cold out.

I'll try & upload some pics when I've figured it out... Just wanted to say hi!

Abi :)



#65972 Newbie - Hybernation Advice?

Posted by abigsnail1992 on 22 March 2016 - 11:56 PM in Hibernation

Hi Folks,

So, following the clearly poor advice I was given from the store I got Norman from, I now have some queries about hybernation.

According to the store (I'm not too sure if the guy was the breeder), Norman was laid, born & bred in a viv, with constant heat & light for 12 hours per day, & does not require hybernation. Since he gave me dodgy food/housing info, I'm now worried about my little guys hybernation & if he needs it!

He tends to sometimes bury in his flooring, or into the shredded paper in his 'bedroom' bit, and can sleep for a long time if he's feeling it, but is generally very active & seemingly hasn't hybernated before. What do I do?

Thanks!



#65970 First Time Owner - Food Help Please?

Posted by abigsnail1992 on 22 March 2016 - 09:58 PM in Suitable Foods

Pellets are not good for them and have poor thermoregulation property. You need soil or coir for him to dig into, deep enough for him to disappear underneath. The pellets are are from alfalfa, which can damage the kidneys when eaten, so best avoided.


Good job I've run out of pellets & need to clean him out then! Won't be going back to that store for advice but at least I know now! Thanks!



#65962 First Time Owner - Food Help Please?

Posted by abigsnail1992 on 22 March 2016 - 11:11 AM in Suitable Foods

Thanks all! His flooring is Herbifloor pellets, so he gets a good dig, and he's bathed often to keep him hydrated. Luckily the weather's getting better now so he can go out more! I'll get to getting him his weeds & plants :) As you say wizzasmum, the internet thinks they're the expert so it's a little tricky sometimes!



#65955 First Time Owner - Food Help Please?

Posted by abigsnail1992 on 21 March 2016 - 11:16 PM in Suitable Foods

Hi All,

I'm still fairly new to the tort community & could do with some advice! I got my little Hermann, Norman, last August & he hatched in 2014 (captive-bred, I believe). The pet store I bought him from gave me a fair bit of info about tortoise care, which I've followed, however I'm a little concerned if following them is right.

The place I got him from kept him & his siblings in a viv, where the light was on for around 12 hours a day but heat was constant, which I've kept to as that's what Norm is used to. However, I keep him in an open table top so he gets some ventilation, and it has a little 'bedroom bit' where he has some shredded paper to snuggle in if he wants. I've set a little water dish into the Herbifloor-ing & he has his little log cave if he wants to hide. I bathe him 2-3 times a week to stop him from dehydrating too.

Now, diet. I'm so confused. The place I got him from fed him fresh veggies everyday, i.e cabbage, cucumber, tomato etc, with Nutrobal dusted over, which again I've stuck to as it was recommended by them & little Noo is used to it (& loves it). I also pop in some dried flower mix, but he doesn't touch the stuff & looks at me in disgust! He's got a cuttlefish bone in there & has a nibble when he fancies, and is all about dandelions when we can get them! I found this list which states a multitude of food stuffs are okay & which is also what I've gone by for his diet, however, I'm reading so many conflicting things about these foods that I just don't know! Obviously I want to give my little guy the best life I can & the last thing I want is for him to be poorly! I've ordered some dandelion/clover/watercress seeds so I can give him better variation, but I'm just very stuck on what to do for the best for him & could do with some advice. He seems a happy chappy & is super sociable & active (and loves a snuggle in my bathrobe), and I just want to make sure I'm doing right by him.

Thank you!