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In Topic: Very Sad Horsefield In Pet Shop :-(

11 January 2013 - 12:10 AM

Oh well done you, Claire. It takes some nerves of steel to approach this type of issue with shop staff.. I'm so glad that the young girl took on board what you said and acted on it.. Such a result.. I visited a newly opened reptile shop in my local town only to see a horsefield and a red foot being housed together in a similar glass viv on dyed red wood chips and a bowl full of iceberg lettuce...My insides lurched when I saw it and the condensation on the insides of the glass.. To cut a long story short I didn't get a favourable response from the shop owner so I rang the petshop licensing department at the city council to ask their animal welfare officer to visit..which they did.. When I reported it I was informed that that particular business was not even licensed to sell tortoises and the red foot was seriously ill with pneumonia :( ..at least the authorities are now keeping a close eye on that shop now

In Topic: Hibernation Panic

10 January 2013 - 11:52 PM

This is definatly food for thought..I think I like and feel comfortable with the amount of control we have with temps in the fridge method.. My other 4 are doing beautifully now and their weights are completely stable too, not 1 Gram lost by anyone which I am over the moon about.. Last year I used shredded paper and this year I have used soil... So that is clearly cut out the dehydrating effect that paper has which I didn't realise about previously.. I'm looking forward to everyone being awake again so my tort family are all together once more. Hopefully we will have the patter of tiny tort feet in the spring with the twin eggs that are sitting in my incubator :)

In Topic: Hibernation Panic

03 January 2013 - 12:15 AM

Thank you'll so much for your support as always...very much appreciated...
My Torts live in a purpose built outdoor enclosure when they are awake and it occurred to me that maybe hibernation in their enclosure may be preferable next winter rather than the fridge...I feel it may be more natural for them.... My question is how are the actual mechanics of this method managed? My main thought is the potential for mild winters in the uk..how does this affect things?
My Tort House has a tubular heater on a thermostat so I can stop the temps from going below, say 5 degrees for example but how do you deal with warmer temps or is it not an issue? All experience very welcome. Thank you for your time
Suzi x

In Topic: Hibernation Panic

29 December 2012 - 03:09 PM

Thanks guys for your comments. I decided to pull the plug on Murtles hibernation late last night and went to bed when he had taken his first meal.. I still have 4 left in the fridge and things are going well. My other tort with its eyes open has settled down better now after changing the position in the fridge..I had to trust my gut feeling and it said to warm him up and over winter him.. Thanks again xx

In Topic: Suprise Egg Laying 2 Weeks Before Wind Down

13 December 2012 - 10:41 PM

Thanks guys...Mavis will be staying awake and sharing her overwintering time with my very Flat MBD Bott rescue who doesn't hibernate due to her reduced lung capacity...eggs are in the incubator and I've got my fingers crossed for them ... :)