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#68641 Coil Bulbs.

Posted by mildredsmam on 13 November 2018 - 03:19 AM

This picture taken from the reptile lighting group and shows reading from a new coil uv lamp. The following comments are from the top uk uv specialist. So please if you know anyone using coil uv for a tortoise, please share with them how inadequate these bulbs are for tortoises.

These are very suitable for SMALL reptiles with LOW UVB requirements in SMALL terrariums, such as small glass terrariums for crested geckos. Placed horizontally in hoods above mesh.
They are not at all suitable for anything larger or further away.  :wink:

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#68638 Outside Is Best.

Posted by mildredsmam on 09 November 2018 - 04:45 AM

Tortoise keeping is quiet simple once you have the correct set up, tortoises do best living outside for as much of the year as possible in a natural enclosure with added heat, the heat source can be added to a greenhouse, shed or cold frame depending on your toroise and set up.

At this time of year when tortoises are hibernating it's a really good time to get your enclosures built ready for spring it gives you time to put in some thought as good enclosures take time to do, smaler tortoises need protecting from predators like birds and all tortoises need to be safe over night.

There's plenty of pictures in this section of good enclosures to give you ideas but if you have any questions just ask.  :)

#68616 Lump Chalk.

Posted by mildredsmam on 30 October 2018 - 05:16 AM

Mine too.

To be truthful by spring it looks awful but they seem to like it better this way and they know better than me  :lol:

#68592 I Can't Fiind Namaste Who Is My 3 Years Old Hermann Baby

Posted by mildredsmam on 23 September 2018 - 12:57 PM

Oops, so sorry, just realised I’ve not had notifications for weeks. Not sure why. Glad he turned up

I wondered where you've been  :lol: there's a few things need updating Sue that might be the reason just keep looking on till it's done.  :)

#68585 I Can't Fiind Namaste Who Is My 3 Years Old Hermann Baby

Posted by mildredsmam on 16 September 2018 - 01:52 PM

Thanks god I found it! I was buried about 15cm deep in the soil inside the cold frame. Phew.....

Great news, panic over been there myself you don't think you'll ever find them.  :)

#68564 Harry's Summer

Posted by mildredsmam on 09 September 2018 - 03:04 PM

Hi Graham,

Nice to see Harry and it's good to hear he's enjoyed this fantastic weather we have had, it's such a shame it's come to an end and the cooler weather is with, hope your well.  :)

#68560 Please Help!

Posted by mildredsmam on 05 September 2018 - 02:29 AM

Hi Millie
Looks like you’ve been doing this a bit longer than me.

I’ve just joined this forum today to ask the same questions.

I’m very new to torts. Last week I was given a Severn year old male. Who has spent the last few years living all year round in the former owners garden. No heat lamps or anything like that. I’ve been told he just dug a hole at the end of year and buried himself. Coming back up the following year.

I’ve built a very large open area with railway sleepers and today built a cold frame cutting a door to go in and out.
At this very moment in time he is sleeping amongst a pile of dry leaves I’ve put in there.

In the mornings I’ve been bring him in for a few hours to put under the uv/heat lamp. Then put him back out to eat the weeds in his area
And whilst ive been home letting him roam the whole garden.

Seems today to have slept a lot. I’m now beginning to have the worry that all new owners must have. Hibernation!!
What’s best??

My latest idea is to some how put his uv/ heat lamp into my shed and add a heater. Making an entrance and moving the cold frame to sit in front like a glass porch so to speak.

Then the big question do I let him get on with it or do I try to hibernate the little fella.
Regards Dan


Hi Dan, welcome to the forum.  :)

Hibernation has always been one of the most talked about subjects with tortoises along with diet, if done right and your tortoises is healthy then I think they should hibernate but with you only having him a short period of time it would also be fine to over winter him this year, over wintering can be a challenge but can be achieved with plenty of heat and light and it's fine that their food intake is less through winter, have a think and ask as many questions as you want were here to help, there's also a hibernation section you might find helpful.  :)

#68556 Please Help!

Posted by mildredsmam on 04 September 2018 - 02:11 AM

I have a few questions if thats ok?? I will try and keep it simple....
Georgie is perm outside now, he has a little house with heat bulb but he doesnt stay in that and rect hes been burying, I have been digging him up and putting him in his house at night, then in the morning he gets up and then goes out and buries again??
Q1 is this little house not sufficient anymore?
Q2 would a cold frame be better and lock him in on cold days ?
Q3 is he getting ready for hibernation this early?

Sorry Im new to this!! X

Hi Millie,

It's the change in the weather that's making him dig down, he needs to warm through on a morning now before going out and have the option to warm back up if he wants too, can he dig down in the hut over night as some night time temperatures now are quite low or do you have some form of heating in there to keep the night time temps up maybe some thing to think about, are you planning on hibernating him it is a little too early yet though so you do need to try and keep him going a bit longer. 

Lovely set up you have there.  :)

#68529 Male Horsfield For Rehoming

Posted by mildredsmam on 01 July 2018 - 03:32 AM

This tortoise has now been rehomed.  :)

#68444 Outdoor Housing

Posted by mildredsmam on 10 May 2018 - 02:44 AM

I thought I would post this here as I found it really good and helpful when making an outside enclosure.  :)

It's that time of year again when everyone is building fantastic outside enclosures! Hopefully my outdoor housing guide can help newbies with a few tips and tricks.


#68440 Introducing A New Tortoise To Another

Posted by mildredsmam on 06 May 2018 - 02:31 AM

Once again thanks very much for the info


He seems fine - he is eating well and looks really relaxed - perhaps he was henpecked!!!


I think I will leave him on his own

Hi Barny,

I think you've made the right choice, as another thing to think about would be any new tortoise would need quarantining from him for at least 6 months, but some tortoises carry viruses that go undetected for some years and no quarantine shows this until it's too late, this can be a big factor and a risk to the male you already have, and some times it's not worth the risk.  :) 

#68419 Tortoise Seems Very Sluggish

Posted by mildredsmam on 23 April 2018 - 03:43 PM

Over the past week my tortoise has seemed very sluggish and isn't eating like he normally does, any suggestions on what it could be? Even this weekend with the nice weather we had he wasn't very active at all :-/


Hi Katie,

Can you give us a bit more information like age of your tortoise and how your keeping him.  :) 

#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.  :) 

#68326 Slide Show - Emerging From Hibernation

Posted by mildredsmam on 18 March 2018 - 03:01 AM

Thank you Sue, yes i am very grateful to have the little monsters back on the ground, as this was the first hibernation they had with me :-)  And thanks again for all your advices!!

Yes good idea to put the post in the naturalistic section. Karen do you mind transferring the post?



Hi Sabina,

I've moved the post, it's really good thanks for posting it, it must be lovely having the little ones back up we now just need some nice weather.  :)