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#68341 Back From Hibernation

Posted by mildredsmam on 28 March 2018 - 02:26 AM

Good to have all the babies back from hibernation.
This is a 3 year 9 month old youngster. Weighing in at 106 grams.

Well done, your babies are grown so lovely, I look forward to seeing how they look in years to come credit to you.  :) 

#68335 Picture Of The Indoor Enclosure

Posted by mildredsmam on 22 March 2018 - 03:40 AM

Hi Sabina,

Your table looks great I also plant the grass into the soil it works well that way, lucky torts.  :) 

#68282 New Forum.

Posted by mildredsmam on 21 February 2018 - 04:53 PM

I've added this new part to the forum so you can all post pictures and give advice of naturalistic keeping.  :) 

#68281 Hello Everybody

Posted by mildredsmam on 21 February 2018 - 04:38 PM



greetings from Germany again. Since last Summer I have got some herman tortoises and would like to know how they are kept in Germany and in other european countries. My hermans are hibernating in the fridge (4-6°C) right now.



Hi Anna, welcome to the forum.  :) 

Any questions you have just ask there's always someone around happy to help.  :) 

#68223 Is It Too Cold For My Tortoise?

Posted by mildredsmam on 11 February 2018 - 09:06 AM

I was hoping she will be able to go outside and stay outside but will follow any advice on what is best for her

You really need to have a heat source outside especially with little ones as they will cool down quite fast when the sun goes in and they would then just dig in, with heat outside they can go warm back up when they need too which means on dull days they can stay outside longer hope that helps.  :) 

#68079 Happy New Year.

Posted by mildredsmam on 31 December 2017 - 06:54 AM

I would just like to wish all members a happy new year, lets hope it's a good one enjoy.  :partypopper:  :cheers: 

#68063 Happy Christmas

Posted by mildredsmam on 23 December 2017 - 08:25 AM

I would just like to wish all members a happy christmas, i hope you have a lovely day.  :snowman-2: 

#68035 Hibernate

Posted by mildredsmam on 03 December 2017 - 09:54 AM

Hi Djs,

I've just read through the full post and i agree the problem your having is down to your set up, these coil uv bulbs are no good and it's been said they can hurt tortoises eyes, you need bright light and good uv for a healthy active hatchling, i would change all the lights/uv you have and just have one bulb i would order the Mega-ray bulb these bulbs dont work with a thermstat but can go on a timer, i think you'll notice a big difference with the correct lighting, Mega-ray have a deal on at the minute  http://www.megaray.c...sted-p-145.html hope that helps.  :)

#67986 Housing Different Species

Posted by mildredsmam on 09 November 2017 - 04:02 AM

I agree with Sue, it not worth the risk to your tortoise, you do see people say they get on great living together and maybe at first to them it looks as though they do, but when things do go wrong most of the time you dont hear about it.  :wink: 

#67959 Natural Edible Chalk

Posted by mildredsmam on 05 November 2017 - 04:35 PM

I make my own limestone blocks from limeston3 flour, but going to try the one Karen mentions, although don’t need seeds and limestone flour, so would prefer to buy just the limestone.

I'm sure you can order the chalk on it's own Sue, you might be best messaging Sonya through the group and not ebay.  :) 

#67957 Natural Edible Chalk

Posted by mildredsmam on 05 November 2017 - 03:48 AM

Hi, yes chalk is good to have in their enclosures, they seem to eat it best when its been weathered and it crumbles, i leave it in their outside enclosure and bring bits in when it's gone soft.

I order mine from this lady she's a big part of the tortoise community, you get chalk, limestone and free seeds from her.   :)    https://www.ebay.co....McAAOSwHMJYGNF-

#67933 Advice

Posted by mildredsmam on 27 October 2017 - 02:49 AM

My female Hermanns is around 80 plus years old, I am very concerned about hibernating her this year, as she appears to be less mobile lately, I am also going away for a month, although I've had people in the past to keep a check on her, I don't feel comfortable doing that this time, is there anywhere that I could take her to be looked after, would be pleased if someone could give me any help.

Hi welcome to the forum.  :) 

There's probably some places that look after tortoises but it's not some thing I would recommend to be truthful as it's just not the risk, you wouldn't know what tortoises are there or been there before yours went and with there been so many viruses around that can kill your tortoise I would say at her age it would be best not to go down this route, do you not have a family member of friend that could look after her it would be safer this way.  :) 

#67930 What Size Tortoise Table

Posted by mildredsmam on 26 October 2017 - 03:48 PM

Thank, its great to know I have help at the tap of a button. I'm not planning on hibernating him I have looked into it, for one thing my fridge temp is not low enough. I have tried turning it down this didn't work. I find it all a little daunting as I've only had him 2 months. Any advice greatly appreciated.

Hi if you've only had him that long then I would leave hibernation this year and try and make him some thing large enough for this winter, it want's a good uv/heat bulb and plenty of light to keep him going, the best place for an adult from spring is living outside this is maybe some thing you could look into between now and then a small greenhouse or shed works well with a heat lamp in there, this gives them chance to warm up when the weathers not so good, from this an area with plants and edible weeds works well, welcome to tortoise keeping any questions you have just ask.  :)

#67702 Babies Outdoors

Posted by mildredsmam on 22 June 2017 - 02:44 AM

I have to agree Sabina, there's nothing better than watching them outside they seem so much happier all the time and more active, everyone's tortoise should have this and this is why we recommend them been outside 24/7 at this time of year they thrive and it's not the same them living indoors all year in a table. :) 

#67697 Cleaning Tortoises?

Posted by mildredsmam on 15 June 2017 - 02:54 AM

Hi Sabina,

I've never cleaned a tortoise in all the years i've kept them they do get a soak but that's it, some people put too much of a human look into keeping them thinking they look better when their clean where they seem more happy when their covered in mud, and they don't stay clean long any way. :)