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#69079 Natural Enclosures.

Posted by mildredsmam on 20 October 2019 - 12:56 AM



Chris Leone to Hermanni Haven

Natural ground with appropriate components, the wonderful sun, safe, edible plant matter of proper ratios, visual barriers, plenty of cover and protection from predators goes a VERY long way compared to life in a box on mulch or other reptile-ready beddings. Put the work into it. 💪🏻💪🏻
T. h. hermanni reaching for some vetch in one of the enclosures here.


#69047 Limestone Flour

Posted by mildredsmam on 19 September 2019 - 01:41 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.


That's what I do Sabina, buy enough to add to the soil if I plant seeds and some times sprinkle loads in the enclosure at the start of the season so the rain washes it into the soil. x   :)

#68999 Carrot Top

Posted by mildredsmam on 27 August 2019 - 02:35 AM

Hi Nic,

It's not something i would feed, here's the link from the tortoise table which i really only use as a rough guide but gives you a little info. x  :)   https://www.thetortoisetable.org.uk/plant-database/viewplants/?plant=619&c=8 

#68976 Floor Covering

Posted by mildredsmam on 22 August 2019 - 03:51 PM

Is normal top soil available from garden centres suitable? Would i be required to put a liner type material over the base of the table first to help protect it from moisture etc. I thought the tropical terrain was better than top soil as it was specially developed for tortoises but am i wrong in my thinking?

Hi yes just buy topsoil from any garden centre, or I buy the Westlands topsoil from B&M stores, you could line the table first to protect the wood, you can use pond liner or some thick type plastic sheets, also the soil needs to be a good depth.

Things like tropical terrain and other products bought from pet shops are not always the best, just because they sell them doesn't mean it's good it's just a money making racket. x  :)

#68975 Floor Covering

Posted by mildredsmam on 22 August 2019 - 03:46 PM

Hi, the best thing to use is topsoil as this gives the tortoise the option to dig down if it wants too, you can line the table as well before adding the soil. x

#68948 Weed Seeds

Posted by mildredsmam on 16 August 2019 - 02:14 AM

A more updated list. x  :)

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#68947 Another Year Older

Posted by mildredsmam on 15 August 2019 - 01:57 AM

Wow fantastic photo's Graham, Harry is just perfect and i hope this weather picks up again so he can enjoy the garden a bit longer. x  :wub:

#68934 Hibernation Query

Posted by mildredsmam on 05 August 2019 - 02:51 AM

Hi all,


I am planning to hibernate Queenie again in a few months time, probably around end November. 

I usually send her off to a lady who specialises in hibernation, just because i was scared to do it myself but i feel like i would like to give it a go this year. 


Queenie lives outside permanently now and i was wondering if this is going effect the wind down of her hibernation? Am i going to have to bring her indoors for the 3 week wind down, or can this all be done while she is still living outside? Once i am ready to hibernate her she will, of course, go into the fridge indoors, but i am just wondering about the wind down? 


What does everyone who else has a tortoise who lives outdoors permanently do when they hibernate? 


Thank you,


Hi Nicola,

Mine are outside all the time and have been some years now and I find it easier to control the wind down while they're outside, you just have to make sure they can't get to any food, but it's easier in the sense of temperatures as I used to find winding down in the house could be a nightmare when you needed to reduce the them. x  :)

#68865 Help! Tortoise Behaviour

Posted by mildredsmam on 07 June 2019 - 03:22 AM

She's absolutely fine now, it must have been a one off!
Not sure what is was about but it doesn't seem to have caused her any bother lol.
Thanks though.

That's good to hear Nic.  :)

#68849 Keeping Tortoises Together.

Posted by mildredsmam on 28 May 2019 - 05:50 AM

“I thought this was just a little bash!” No, actually, this is a severe injury that will always be visible even if the wound dries up eventually – and the animal will be lucky if her internal tissues and organs aren’t so damaged as to result in sepsis and possibly a very painful death. “I thought they can’t feel through their shell” – no again, tortoise shells are living tissue with nerves and blood supply, and are very sensitive to touch, injury and infection.

This little 10-year-old Thb female was kept together with two males of similar age by her owner. For several months, they were bashing her, forcing her into corners and relentlessly hitting the old wounds – can you imagine the pain and terror this little animal felt? Her owner regularly disinfected the bleeding shell – as if that would excuse this kind of abuse, letting this happen. She was actually breaking the law – the Animal Welfare Act (2006) states that animals in our care have to be protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease.

Female tortoises know very well when their male pursuers are coming to get them again, they panic and try to run away from the attack they know will happen, but in an enclosure this is not possible, the males will get them. Lazy, unthinking owners often use the excuse: “it’s natural for males to pursue females” but do not want to acknowledge that in the wild females can get away – tortoises will meet up, there may be mating, then the female goes her own way in a vast terrain with lots of hides – that’s natural - but not if we keep males and females together in usually quite small enclosures. Apart from the incredible stress and pain that these females are suffering, they often cannot eat sufficient amounts of food, and they often experience egg retention problems, as they are not able to nest in a stress-free environment.

So, what to do? New owners of Mediterranean tortoises who are buying or taking on several juveniles, must be aware that these animals will change their behaviour when they reach sexual maturity, and even males can often not be kept together. In extreme cases, males can even kill a weaker one. So these animals must usually be kept separately, each with their own large indoor and outdoor space, lamps and heating, or may have to be rehomed. Other species of tortoise may be less aggressive, so know what you’re getting and have a plan in mind of how to change the accommodation if necessary.

There is no excuse – we MUST keep our tortoises stress- and painfree, it’s our responsibility and, surely, should be guided by our humanity. Please share this with anyone who is thinking of getting tortoises – thank you!


#68847 Outdoor Heating And Timers

Posted by mildredsmam on 28 May 2019 - 05:38 AM

No, she will still need basking heat to be able to digest what she eats. As Karen says, tubes are good to help prevent them from going into hibernation mode, but not for general heating/basking ;)

The tortoise has a basking lamp Sue, Angela wanted information on background heat. x

#68838 Forum Fixed.

Posted by mildredsmam on 24 May 2019 - 12:30 PM

Hi, just to let you know that the forum is all sorted, so hopefully now we can get back to everyone enjoying it thanks. x  :)

#68765 Help With Feeding

Posted by mildredsmam on 07 March 2019 - 05:11 PM

Attached File  bcg seeds.jpg   66.72KB   0 downloads this is a good place to buy weeds to grow your own food. x

#68764 Help With Feeding

Posted by mildredsmam on 07 March 2019 - 05:10 PM

Thanks Sabina.


So if those foods are not good what do you feed at this time of year? Please could you send me some ideas? Do you not feed any shop bought vegetables? The dried food contains nettles, dandelions, marigolds and camomile flowers amongst others. Is this suitable?



Hi Claire,

It does seem a mind field at first and there is a lot of conflicting advice around, you will find the advice on here all the same from different members all experienced keepers, Sue ( wizzasmum) has been keeping tortoises for over 35 years and gives great advice.  :)

The best diet for tortoises is weeds, plants and flowers the only shop bought food to use is Florett crispy salad and this is only for short term use over winter until weeds start to grow, Dandelion is a good feed, but  I would bin any dried food you have as this is not a suitable feed, this book was written by someone who has researched tortoises in the wild and a brilliant book to know what to feed and help you i.d weeds  https://www.facebook...oisePlantsBook/

I look forward to seeing pictures of your new tortoises.  :)

#68760 Cold Frames.

Posted by mildredsmam on 07 March 2019 - 03:35 AM

At the minute both Aldi and Lidl have cold frames in these are great to use in enclosures.  :)


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