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#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

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#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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#68758 Time To Check Over Enclosures.

Posted by mildredsmam on 22 February 2019 - 03:43 AM

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 At this time of year as the milder weather is with us it's a good time to check over enclosures to make sure no rogue seeds have got in there and things aren't starting to grow that shouldn't be there before the torts start going out. x 🐢😃

 this is a good place to order seeds from to make sure everything growing in your tortoise enclosure is tortoise friendly. x 

#68728 Constipated?

Posted by mildredsmam on 16 January 2019 - 05:17 PM

Hi welcome to the forum.  :)

Hopefully Sue will be along soon as I think she would be better at giving you an answer especially with medication, just for a little more info what are you feeding them at the minute, also how are they kept i.e substrate/ enclosure. x

#68726 A Brilliant Book.

Posted by mildredsmam on 12 January 2019 - 11:06 AM

This is a brilliant book, a little expensive to buy but worth it. x  :)   https://l.facebook.c...2LWZRteq-sVXUnw

#68714 All New To This, So I Have A Few Qs

Posted by mildredsmam on 30 December 2018 - 03:06 AM

The only other advice i would add to this for anyone who has just got a tortoise or are thinking of getting a tortoise is you can't cut corners with tortoise keeping it's a must that you buy the correct equipment for them to keep them healthy, there is always cheaper products on the market but cost shouldn't come into it, it should be about what's best for the tortoise, at the end of the day you don't want a deformed unhealthy tortoise.  :)

#68711 All New To This, So I Have A Few Qs

Posted by mildredsmam on 26 December 2018 - 05:22 AM

If you are needing a bulb sooner than the 3rd of Jan then the only other bulbs i recommend are the Arcadia D3 basking bulbs you can find these on Swell Reptiles  :)

#68703 Happy Christmas

Posted by mildredsmam on 24 December 2018 - 02:49 AM

We would just like to wish you all a Happy Christmas, and hope you all have a lovely time. x  :santa-dance:


#68702 All New To This, So I Have A Few Qs

Posted by mildredsmam on 24 December 2018 - 02:25 AM

Aww the poor little thing, if it has been treated bad and returned then at least now looks as though it has the perfect home with someone trying to do the best they can for him/her  :)

Regarding heat/uv if you let us know what your using in your set up at the minute we can advise better, if the pet shop has sold you the coil uv bulbs as they do this would need changing as there no good for tortoises. x  :)

#68677 New Here Have A Few Questions

Posted by mildredsmam on 30 November 2018 - 11:44 AM

I did speak to Sonya but she never got back to me when I requested about having one, and plus really its a bit fair it would take two hours to drive there and I dont drive! So Surrey would be best, if like also like a hermann xxx

 Maybe better waiting for someone who you know is a good breeder and is recommended  :) even though you might have to wait some time. x