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#69151 Hi This Is Flash

Posted by babettebeau on 22 March 2020 - 07:56 PM

Really looks good, well done!

Tortoise outdoor enclosures are like a garden in a garden.


I joined recently this group on Facebook, i recommend it as well.

Maintaining Tortoises Naturalistically in a Non-native Climate





#69096 Hibernating In Tortoise Table Under Light?

Posted by babettebeau on 25 November 2019 - 02:46 PM


Sounds like it will be the first time that you would intend to hibernate your tortoise, and it is a Hermann one, correct?

Basically your tortoise won't be able to physiologically hibernate if you keep it at room temperature indoors. For hibernation, the optimal temp is a stable 5 Celsius degrees with +/- 1 or 2 Celsius degrees of temporary variations. 


The best way is to think about their natural habitat in the Mediterranean region. In winter they start probably their beginning of hibernation at 10 degrees when they settle, and as the winter come it falls to 5 degrees with small variations, by then they are in deep hibernation, and as winter ends and spring comes the temperature rises above 5 degrees and at 10 degrees they start wake up to start another year at spring.


#69065 Tank's Coming In!

Posted by babettebeau on 27 September 2019 - 06:06 PM

This is all thanks to the valuable advices I received from the members on this forum. So I am very grateful to all of you guys and your shared experience and shared info.


#69061 Tank's Coming In!

Posted by babettebeau on 22 September 2019 - 10:16 AM

My 4 years old got back to live indoors this morning...

Pics attached.




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#69032 Limestone Flour

Posted by babettebeau on 17 September 2019 - 08:37 AM

Thanks a lot Sue. I will order more than 1kg actually, i will put some outdoors to enrich the soil so new plants growing in spring can be richer in calcium.


#69015 Scales Fell Off Head

Posted by babettebeau on 06 September 2019 - 08:14 PM

Also for example my two torts are 4 years old like yours and they live outdoors each year from April to September and I am in the UK too. They hibernate 3 months and the rest (3 months) they live indoors at this age.


So yes it is possible to have yours torts outdoors with adequate equipment.

#69014 Scales Fell Off Head

Posted by babettebeau on 06 September 2019 - 08:06 PM

To reassure you, most of the keepers and at least the active ones on this forum live in the UK and some even north of the UK and a lot of us keep our torts outdoors at least for April to September, some keep theirs outdoors longer. Here is below the initial basic information on outdoor enclosures:

Regarding protection from predators from the sky (birds) and from the ground (foxes, rats etc) and also to avoid your tortoise to escape, you need to put wire adequately around your enclosure, but the base of your enclosure should be solid and not wire.

Electrics: heat lamp is 100% required for tortoises in the UK outdoors.

Shelter: cold frame in aluminium is good as shelter to start with. Some people have sheds. The heat lamp should be installed in the shelter. Please note that rabbit hutches are too low to install a heat lamp.

Please read the posts in the outdoor enclosure section on his forum that will give you further information on outdoor enclosures.

Also you can Google images for tortoise outdoor enclosures in Google to get ideas of what people have done.

Should have any questions on outdoor enclosures please let us know.we are happy to help

Hopefully that is helpful.


#69006 Carrot Top

Posted by babettebeau on 29 August 2019 - 08:16 AM

Also, in the naturalistic section on this forum, there is an affordable book listing the plants with pictures, description etc of edible weeds that torts like and that grow in the UK

Here is the link



I used it when i had my tortoises and i learnt a lot from it, it is a good resource.


Hope this helps



#68972 Link To Green Carpet

Posted by babettebeau on 22 August 2019 - 02:52 PM

Hi Aud
Please refer to my other reply.
Thank you

#68971 Floor Covering

Posted by babettebeau on 22 August 2019 - 02:51 PM

Hi Aud,

The best way to approach questions like that is to think of what tortoises have in nature. Basically, they have the ground with soil as a base, and gravel/small stones, rocks, plants, piece of woods etc

I would advise you to buy top soil and create an indoor environment that resembles to what a tortoise has in nature.

What kind of indoor enclosure do you have for your tortoise?

Thank you


#68961 Another Year Older

Posted by babettebeau on 19 August 2019 - 10:59 AM

Hi Graham
I love to see pics of Harry. Even with the pics only you can feel he is such a character and mischievous!

46 years to wait until my two torts reach 50, seems very far away..I might have some time left in my body to witness that :-)


#68905 Pics Of My Two Hermann Juveniles Outdoors

Posted by babettebeau on 02 July 2019 - 02:32 PM


Here are some pics of my two juveniles outdoors. Ever so charming :))

Have a good summer All!



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#68869 Zoo Mesh

Posted by babettebeau on 08 June 2019 - 06:48 PM

I have been looking at zoo mesh, which is a flexible stainless steal strong mesh that is used in zoo for different animals from Lions to small birds. It can be found in different aperture sizes. I think this is an interesting product to explore for large walk-in enclosure with whole run of the garden. And it is rather aesthetic too.


So wanted to share with you.



#68782 Hibiscrub

Posted by babettebeau on 17 March 2019 - 08:55 PM

Hello everyone


I use this product to wash my hands before and after being in contact with my tortoises' enclosure, dishes, them etc.

I find it quite good so wanted to share the info with you. It is called Hibiscrub.




You can also buy the dispenser and screw it tothe bottle.



#68776 Shanti And Namaste Have Started Their Hibernation

Posted by babettebeau on 10 March 2019 - 07:46 PM

Hello everyone

My 3 years old two tortoises came out of their 12 weeks of hibernation on Saturday 9 March.

They hibernated in a laboratory frigde (brand is LEC), same brand as the one Graham has for Harry. That was an investment, and i was very pleased with it becasue it keeps temp stable.

Both look healthy, fit and have a good appetite, so all good. They are currently living indoors and in a month time they will move outdoors.