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wizzasmum

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#68984 Unexpected Baby

Posted by wizzasmum on 23 August 2019 - 07:02 PM

Lovely surprise, keep an eye out for more. Odd scutes can be due to temperature, but can also be genetic. I’ve had odd ones like this several times. I also have elderly adults with odd scutes, which are most likely genetic.


#68959 Another Year Older

Posted by wizzasmum on 18 August 2019 - 11:38 PM

Looking good Graham. Harry’s in his prime now. He could easily go as far again. I have a couple of very ancient females ;)


#68895 To Rescue Or Not To Rescue?

Posted by wizzasmum on 20 June 2019 - 05:27 PM

I don’t think I could bear to live in Vietnam for this reason. It was bad enough in Morocco ☹️ I’m sorry but I’m not sure of the legalities of import/export where are animals are concerned. I will have a look around, but think it might not be good news.


#68878 Using A Greenhouse

Posted by wizzasmum on 12 June 2019 - 07:02 PM

I’ve got some. It’s easy to work with but not clear, like I thought it would be. It’s good for working with frameworks etc.


#68859 4 Hermanni 2018 Babies For Sale

Posted by wizzasmum on 02 June 2019 - 07:14 PM

4 stunning little ones hatched July last year, all looking for good homes now. Will let them go to good homes for £80 each or 2 for £140. All certified with DEFRA/CITES. Reared on natural diet in open topped habitats, with lamps and supplements. They come with care booklet and after sales help for as long as needed. I deliver within reason around Shropshire, Cheshire and the Midlands, but also meet half way if further away.

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#68858 Make Sure Your Enclosure Is Safe.

Posted by wizzasmum on 01 June 2019 - 01:37 PM

Very sad and goes to show that temporary setups don’t work, although I think this was meant to be permanent. I hadn’t realised when I read about it that it was a sulcata. Hopefully the owners have now had a rethink about what these huge torts need. Lucky tort not to have perished.


#68771 Help With Feeding

Posted by wizzasmum on 08 March 2019 - 12:14 AM

Hey people,
Daisy my 4/5 year old has woken up this week, Ive bathed her and keeping her in the house until things warm up a bit outside, lucky there is some dandelion about and have given some cucumber for rehydration, but she is not interested in any food yet, how long should I leave it before I get worried it was only Monday I bathed her after she unburied Monday.
Many thanks
Andy c


You don’t say how you’re keeping her indoors. In order to have an appetite, they need temps of 32c, this also helps with digestion. If you’ve not got basking facilities indoors then you need to set up something ASAP.


#68767 Help With Feeding

Posted by wizzasmum on 07 March 2019 - 07:11 PM

As mentioned dried food isn’t good and can sometimes be dangerous. If leaves are dried quickly, then the composition can change and actually be dangerous for your tortoises. They may well know this which is why they’re not eating. Appetite also depends on other things, such as heat and light levels.
Always try to think of what tortoises have in nature. If the weathers too cool, they don’t eat and hide away, if it’s too hot they dig in and don’t eat, so it about getting the temps right too. Your hot spot needs to be around 32 degrees and they need access to a cool area to dig in overnight when lights are out. It gets easier as you learn what to feed, temps to,use etc. For now get some florette crispy salad and a good quality supplement/calcium balancer such as Nekton MSA. Don’t feed fruit of any type as it just encourages parasites to flourish in the gut.
Never use pet shop or dealer advice, it’s 99% guaranteed to be wrong. Many Facebook groups are poor too, as anyone can start a group with very little or even no experience. My hermanns tortoise Facebook group gives good advice, as does Teeside tortoises, both worth a look. This is how I keep my babies www.tortsmad.com/hatchlings.htm


#68716 Artificial Plants

Posted by wizzasmum on 30 December 2018 - 03:38 PM

Ive noticed recently on various forums/social media groups that people are suggesting using artificial plants. This is a bad idea, mainly because a tortoise or other animal does not/know what is dangerous and what is not. In the absence of fresh food, many animals will attempt to eat unsuitable items, either unnatural bedding or plastic plants etc. Please be sure to only use edible plants in tortoise enclosures.


#68672 New Here Have A Few Questions

Posted by wizzasmum on 29 November 2018 - 10:07 PM

It’s been hard for Vals friends and family, but if the tortoises have been kept away from any groups, they are a good source. Might be best to wait for one of those


#68664 New Here Have A Few Questions

Posted by wizzasmum on 27 November 2018 - 01:48 PM

Lovely. Just be sure they are a breeder and not a dealer (recently had a case on another forum of new owner being conned by so called breeder). Ask about their adults, which should be in hibernation now if they are breeding animals. A good keeper will show you where they are. As Karen said, make sure they are bright eyed, lively, have no discharge, sneezing etc Also ask about certificates, microchip etc If they are over 6cm plastron length they MUST be chipped by law, if not, dont buy as you could find yourself in trouble when reregistering them. The seller should also offer you extensive care sheets and not just a food list etc. Make sure any home you have for them is as big as possible, at least 3ft as they are roaming animals.


#68651 New Here Have A Few Questions

Posted by wizzasmum on 24 November 2018 - 12:48 PM

Hi Emma. Welcome to the group. When youre overfaced with info from all directions, try to imagine what they would have in nature, so no artificial substrate, food etc. I use topsoil and coir for substrate. Get the biggest open top enclosure you can, with no hide/bedroom end and use a good depth of substrate to allow the little one to bury down at night time. You need both heat and uvb, either in a combined lamp or separately. A log or plant pot for him to dig under are useful too, plus a shallow dish big enough for him to sit in to have a drink. Use slate or an upturned tile to feed from, which helps beak trimming. You need a good calcium balancer such as Nekton MSA or nutrobal for his food, to be used very sparingly daily. Id recommend this little book for diet advise www.tortoises.net and only use Florette Crispy salad as a supplement when there are not many weeds around. Are you getting your little one from a breeder and not pet shop? If so the breeder should give you good care sheets including feeding advice too. Pet shop advise isnt usually good as their priorities are to make a sale, whereas a good breeder will be more interested in getting a good home.


#68644 Hermann Tortoises’ Eggs

Posted by wizzasmum on 14 November 2018 - 08:18 PM

It does happen sometimes, but is more usual if theyve laid eggs in the past. Theres no pattern as to when they lay, it can be any time. If a tortoise has regularly laid eggs, its a good idea to let a male run with them occasionally as they can develop follicular status, which is a build up of eggs that havent been shelled. This can kill. So, when people say not to rehome a female with males (as some rehoming organisations frequently do) its always worth asking if theyve laid eggs previously :)


#68631 Harry's Gone In

Posted by wizzasmum on 06 November 2018 - 01:23 PM

That's good to hear Graham, my lot won't be far behind him, lets hope the winter passes fast and we have another beautiful year next year as I hate this time of year.  :)


Me too! One year I’ll emigrate lol


#68594 Lump Chalk.

Posted by wizzasmum on 25 September 2018 - 08:37 PM

Mine too.