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#68511 Slug And Snail Control.

Posted by crusty on 15 June 2018 - 10:29 AM in Outdoor Enclosures

Thanks for the replies ladies,


as we have a cat I can't put them out for the birds.


so it looks like I'll have to continue my nightly slug/snail patrols.

#68505 Slug And Snail Control.

Posted by crusty on 14 June 2018 - 12:36 PM in Outdoor Enclosures

Hello everyone,


What do people do to control Slugs and Snails in their outdoor enclosures?


I've used Nematodes before on vegetable patches with good results, it says it's safe for pets and other animals

what do people think are they ok for a Tortoise enclosure?







#68455 Tank Enjoying His Favourite Food.

Posted by crusty on 13 May 2018 - 10:33 AM in Photo Gallery

Here's the young fella enjoying his favourite food, it's the only thing he'll run for!

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#68454 Tank Has A Cold

Posted by crusty on 13 May 2018 - 10:30 AM in Health

JUst an update, Tanks had a course of antibiotic injections and nose drops, and is now fighting fit (sorry for the late update)

#68453 Tanks New Outside Enclosure.

Posted by crusty on 13 May 2018 - 10:27 AM in Outdoor Enclosures

Hi all, I just thought I give an update on Tank's outdoor enclosure a year on since first built, as you can see from the pictures the planting has matured well and natural seeding has gone mad,


It's still a work in progress which is what I'm enjoying, next job is to put a rock at the very end so he can get the full benefit of the last rays of the sun as it goes down.


we also had a large tree drasticly cut back at the end of the garden as it was providing far too much shade, so he gets full sun a good hour earlier now.

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#68127 Who Is The Owner Of This Outdoor Enclosure / Set-Up?

Posted by crusty on 23 January 2018 - 01:36 PM in Outdoor Enclosures

Yes it is nice isn't it, I wish I had the space to do that, Ben's done a splendid job there.

#68013 Tank Has A Cold

Posted by crusty on 20 November 2017 - 01:52 PM in Health

No swabs taken, they said they prefer to use a multispectral antibiotic to start with then do the swabs after a couple of weeks if he hasn't improved.


He's not eating much but he didn't this time last year either as he wants to hibernate which won't be happening now.

#67999 Tank Has A Cold

Posted by crusty on 13 November 2017 - 01:21 PM in Health

He's got runny nose syndrome, he had one antibiotic injection on Saturday and is due to have another this coming Thursday, also nose drops twice a day. 

#67953 Tank Has A Cold

Posted by crusty on 02 November 2017 - 03:39 PM in Health

He's 5 years old weighs 158g and has a length of 95mm which gives him a ratio of 0.184 so he's on the light side but still just within the specs.


I have an appointment with Trinity vets in Maidstone on the 11th so we'll see what the vet says and go from there.

#67946 Tank Has A Cold

Posted by crusty on 30 October 2017 - 01:16 PM in Health

Yes still eating fine and stomping around his table.

#67944 Tank Has A Cold

Posted by crusty on 30 October 2017 - 11:09 AM in Health

I think Tank has a cold (for want of a better description) his nose has a dew drop sometimes and he does what looks like sneezing,

I was going to start his wind down today but it looks like a trip to the vet instead.


I live in Whitstable Kent and the vet we use for our cats is Animed, I've no idea if they are any good with Tortoises.

#67789 Tanks First Sun Of The Year

Posted by crusty on 26 July 2017 - 12:33 PM in Photo Gallery

Here's Tank getting stuck into a dandelion flower, he eats lots of leaves but dandelion is the only flower he really likes, he will literally run to a dandelion flower :)

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#67773 Tanks New Outside Enclosure.

Posted by crusty on 12 July 2017 - 09:01 PM in Outdoor Enclosures

Well Tank hasn't taken any interest in the cold frame at all, so we decided to take it away and replace it with two good sized rocks he can bask on, should he see fit to :)

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#67761 Tanks New Outside Enclosure.

Posted by crusty on 05 July 2017 - 12:31 PM in Outdoor Enclosures

We had a bit of a fright on Sunday, when we built the enclosure we made a cave for Tank to hide in, you can see it in the first picture with the brick in front of it, he managed to fall off the rock and ended up on his back, we didn't notice for at least an hour, maybe more, my wife found him motionless and thought the worse, thankfully he's ok. but if it had been earlier full sun and we'd been at work it might have been very different.


As you can see in the second picture we've filled it in and made a bit of a gentler slope, lesson learned! it just goes to show an enclosure is never finished and is constantly evolving.

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#67760 Purple Plantain

Posted by crusty on 05 July 2017 - 12:22 PM in Suitable Foods

The purple plantain has come on brilliantly, I didn't realise the leaves would get so big, Tank loves them :)

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#67742 Tanks New Outside Enclosure.

Posted by crusty on 28 June 2017 - 07:39 AM in Outdoor Enclosures

It certainly is, he doesn't eat anything down to the ground, he tends to graze, a bite here, a bite there, proper foraging.

#67739 My Setup

Posted by crusty on 27 June 2017 - 07:35 AM in Outdoor Enclosures

Very nice :)

#67738 Tanks New Outside Enclosure.

Posted by crusty on 27 June 2017 - 07:33 AM in Outdoor Enclosures

I have to say it's come on better than I thought it would in such a short time, pleased as punch :)

#67710 Tanks New Outside Enclosure.

Posted by crusty on 23 June 2017 - 06:18 AM in Outdoor Enclosures

The weed garden behind the greenhouse has gone mad :blink: the silly thing is the enclosure is doing so well that I don't need any of this at the moment, there's more than he can eat in there.

but better to have too much than not enough :)

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#67704 Babies Outdoors

Posted by crusty on 22 June 2017 - 12:22 PM in Outdoor Enclosures

I whole heartedly agree, Tank is having a whale of a time living outside, and it I'm loving watching him too (when I can find him that is)

#67698 Tanks New Outside Enclosure.

Posted by crusty on 19 June 2017 - 06:20 AM in Outdoor Enclosures

Returned from a two and a half week holiday and found that Tank's enclosure had gone mad! spent some time sorting it this weekend and now it looks a lot better.

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