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#64078 Possible Respiratory Infection?

Posted by wizzasmum on 02 June 2015 - 09:45 PM

It was the same here Becky, we have to provide added heat to help things along in the British Isles north or south ;) I do know of a keeper on the East coast of Scotland though who keeps African sulcatas outdoors, so Scotland is not so different ;) You wont be able to keep them indoors indefinitely really if you want them to thrive and if you wish to specialise, this will be something you would be better doing in order to help your clients do the best by them too.

#64076 Lighting Help!

Posted by wizzasmum on 02 June 2015 - 06:28 PM

I love the megaray ones too. I've used numerous combis and found the megarays to me most reliable and for whatever reason, they seem to promote activity in the babies more than others too. I use the old uvb tubes as extra light, especially at either end of the season when natural light is lower ;)

#64059 Possible Respiratory Infection?

Posted by wizzasmum on 01 June 2015 - 09:59 PM

Obviously I'm not a vet but have never seen sunken eyes in anything but a dehydrated tortoise, even in rehabbers. At this size your tortoises should really be outdoors at this time of year. Indoor tortoises do tend to have more illness's often because humidity is so low. He needs to be able to choose his own humidity levels by offering humid hides and have plants to dig under. Have you asked your breeder if any of the others have had any problems? Did they give you a care sheet outlining correct habitats etc? The prorep needs to be watered really as spraying evaporates immediately. Your substrate needs to be damp below the surface but dry on top as in nature, this is so that he can dig down to thermoregulate properly, it also prevents dehydration and helps with smooth growth too. If he is dehydrated then antibiotics can make him feel really poorly, so  I would def put the emphasis on hydration from all angles ie watering substrate, soaking daily, offering water at all times in his enclosure, spraying his food etc etc. Your vet should really have told you about hydration before treatment, to prevent other damage.

#64026 Outdoor Enclosure Advice

Posted by wizzasmum on 31 May 2015 - 03:51 PM

You might find that the he would hide away in the wasted space underneath. Torts need to dig down when retiring for the night, so he might find this confusing. Most kennels, sheds greenhouses etc are set on soil for tortoises, allowing them to do things naturally. Often I find several tortoises missing at night, just to see them emerge from the soil in the morning, just like they would in nature. We really cant improve on nature, so the next best thing is to mimic it as much as possible ;)

#64002 Sexing? And Early Signs Of Pyramiding?

Posted by wizzasmum on 28 May 2015 - 08:15 PM

Hiya sorry for the late reply, thank you so much for commenting. 
Thank you for helping me sex him, he weights 284g. He has recently been put on a grass only diet with the occasional succulent and flower thrown in.  In regards to the humidity, what levels should his tortoise table be? iIn his hide there is currently straw, would it be beneficial to take that out and put soil and sand in to make the hide humid too?
JerryMaffz, I went to Acorn House Veterinary Surgery on Linnet Way. I might take her to Scotts next time then.

Hermanni don't digest grass well, that's an odd diet. Mine won't even touch it, pulling it from their mouths when taken accidentally with other food. Hay is a problem and will cause respiratory problems so best removed. I would suggest you find a new vet to be honest who has studied Chelonia rather than charging you good money for guess work :(

#63962 Tortoise Losing Weight - Advice Please

Posted by wizzasmum on 23 May 2015 - 01:41 PM

Only just seen this, but I AM having problems seeing which posts are read right now. To be honest I would say Roobarb is adjusting far better to her new outdoor life and I know you are not concerned about Custard but I would be far more concerned re her weight gain to be honest. Almost a quarter of her weight increased since hibernation is really not healthy at all. She should have gained more in the region of 15-20 grams max I n that time. As Keith says a faecal screen could be worth doing, especially if imports, but I would say the lighter one is adjusting beautifully and it's the other one you need to worry about. At that rate of gain, she is going to be adult size in a few short years :(

#63951 Weird Rear End Of Shell

Posted by wizzasmum on 18 May 2015 - 05:58 PM

I don't have an exact measurement of temperature; the lighting/heating lamps are placed at about 30 cm above the ground, at one end of the tray, so that the other end is significantly cooler when the system is on.
Both lighting and heating are on an automatic timer which switches everything on at sunrise and off at sunset.

You really need to aim for correct temps and humidity and to give the tortoise a choice or the condition will not improve sadly :(

#63928 A Tad Concerned

Posted by wizzasmum on 13 May 2015 - 10:54 PM

Perfectly normal Graham ;)

#63913 Outdoor Enclosure Advice

Posted by wizzasmum on 09 May 2015 - 12:59 PM

All lights need a good head clearance, both for safety reasons and to give the correct basking temp below for the tortoise. Too close and the tort will be too hot and might not use the facility, too high and there is a risk of burning the roof, so height is a necessity really ;)

#63901 Outdoor Enclosure Advice

Posted by wizzasmum on 07 May 2015 - 10:58 AM

That will be fine for him while he is tiny, but he will need more room when adult. As Karen says, you will need a heat source, preferably somewhere he can enter and exit at will, as moving them from one space to another doesn't really work too well. Hope this helps ;)