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In Topic: Shell Change

23 June 2013 - 01:26 PM

The lamp is usually on 7-7 but they usually go to sleep around 6ish so I tend to turn the lamp off when they go to sleep is this too long? I've raised the basking lamp and now I'm getting round 28-29 degrees under the lamp is this better? The temp in the cool end is also coming down nicely too which is good. 


Even after doing all the research it turns out your still not doing it right, which is very frustrating, I just want them to be as happy as possible, there's far too many conflicting reports about them. 


I shall put them in the cool end tonight and try and encourage them to dig themselves in.


Thank you for all your help :)

In Topic: Shell Change

23 June 2013 - 08:59 AM

I have noticed, at no point since I've had them have they buried down into the soil, whilst in their table they have a hide at one end with deeper soil and they just don't go in there at all, they show no interest. They usually sleep under the lamp when the lamp has gone off. When the lamp is on the temps are between 34-36 degrees at the basking point. At the cooler end it is between 24-26 degrees.


Outside, unfortunately I'm having to bring them back in on a night as I don't feel there enclosure is secure enough just yet but this is something I am working on (I know this is not ideal but it shouldn't be for much longer). 


I have made the substrate deeper in their table but they still don't bury down :(

In Topic: Shell Change

23 June 2013 - 08:17 AM

She has over the past few weeks started to put more weight on, and has in fact over taken Ralph when he weighed more to start with, so I have reduced their food.


Ralph weighed 79g and Tilly 72g when I got them, however they then began to lose weight gradually and since then have slowly put weight back on. Tilly is now weighing 75g and Ralph 71g. Over the course of five weeks Tilly has shot from 65g to 75g. Is this too much of a weight gain? She only really weighs 3g more than when I got her.


The carapace looks fine, there doesn't seem to be any change there. But I shall attach a picture just to make sure I haven't missed something. They've been spending nearly all there time outside recently in their new outdoor enclosure which is just top soil and large pebbles and a few hides and some of there favourite weeds growing in there.


What am I doing wrong? 


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In Topic: Shell Change

22 June 2013 - 08:30 PM

Ok thanks for all your help and advice, I really appreciate it, I'll see what Sue says when she comes on and take it from there.


Thanks again


In Topic: Shell Change

22 June 2013 - 07:59 PM

Ok, they've only ever been on grass once, for about 15mins while there enclosure was being finished off. There is no grass in their outdoor enclosure just topsoil and stones for them to climb on. Do you know what usual treatment a vet would advise as I've heard all sorts of horror stories about vets giving really bad advice and making tortoise's ill and would like to have some prior knowledge to try and prevent this from happening.