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#64015 Humidity Help Please!

Posted by JerryMaffz on 29 May 2015 - 06:40 PM

Hello...let me start by saying that I know nothing at all about the incubation of eggs :) ..but surely a greater surface area of water would create higher humidity, and you seem to have space for another container there.

#63961 Tortoise Losing Weight - Advice Please

Posted by JerryMaffz on 23 May 2015 - 12:32 PM

Hi Chris,


 I would've thought that some of the more experienced members would've answered you by now. I'm not in a position to 'advise' you but sometimes things are easier to see from the outside, looking in, so I thought I'd share some observations.

If you take the March 31 weight out of the equation then the figures seem OK. This weight seems to be an anomoly. Is it possible that Roobarb may have just had a big drink, mud on her feet or something else that may have produced an increased reading at this weigh-in.?

 You should also bear in mind that now she's in a larger enclosure she will be getting more exercise and burning off more reserves.

 It might be worth having a feacal screen done for worms, just in case.

Hope this is helpful. :)



#63933 Cuttle Questions

Posted by JerryMaffz on 14 May 2015 - 07:57 PM

Hi Tom,


In my limited experience with Jerry I have found that he will have these binges on his cuttlebone then ignore it for ages. I would say that this is normal behaviour and you might find that the other fellow will have a nibble when he's ready. I wouldn't remove it, they know what they need, and when they need it, and it's good that you've given them the option. :)

#63863 The Forum

Posted by JerryMaffz on 01 May 2015 - 10:06 AM

All good now Karen :)

#63842 Problem With Ants

Posted by JerryMaffz on 23 April 2015 - 02:31 PM

There were lots of ants in the area I dug when I constructed Jerry's enclosure. Black ants shouldn't cause too much of a problem but red ones will bite.

I learned that  apparently ants don't like Limestone Flour , I added around 15kg to my substrate not only because of  ants but also to boost the calcium levels in my my plants.

It does seem to have deterred the ants so far. I guess you could put a ring of it around your table and also dig it into your plant area. I have a link to a bulk supplier, if you need it let me know.

The only other way I'm afraid is a good dowsing with boiling water.


I don't know of any plants that would deter them but would also be interested to know.

#63809 Tortoise Newbie... Hope We Are Doing It Right!

Posted by JerryMaffz on 20 April 2015 - 12:27 PM

I will also add that given the right environment it would be perfectly safe to hibernate your tortoise in the greenhouse. I have done this very successfully for a number of years which doesn't involve boxes and fridges x x xhugs x x

Stella, I hope you can do a thread on how this is done when the time is right. It's of great interest to myself and I'm sure others who like to keep an open mind on these things. It will be Jerry's first hibernation this year. I know it's a fair way off but my options are still open at this point on which method I'll use.

#63633 Tortoise Newbie... Hope We Are Doing It Right!

Posted by JerryMaffz on 08 April 2015 - 06:49 PM

Looks like you've been hard at work. :)  There really is no substitute for natural UV. My Jerry was out in his new enclosure at the weekend. It's so good to see them out. 

I was going to suggest a predator proof mesh lid for Nigel's home but it looks like he may have one in the background.

I can tell you what plants I put in mine...Lavender, Rosemary, Carex, Hebe, Heather,Thyme, Campanula and Sedum..Most of these are for shelter, so I've also sprinkled a few weed seeds around.

 Your enclosure may benefit from a small coldframe..I made my own but you can buy them cheaply. This one comes highly recommended..http://www.greenfing...4&pf_id=LS6554D


I found that on Sunday late afternoon, the temperature was 12degrees warmer in my coldframe than in the rest of the enclosure!

Hope this info is helpful. :)

#63617 Dietary Advice

Posted by JerryMaffz on 05 April 2015 - 05:16 PM

I think Barney, that sometimes stronger personalities tend to dominate when advice is asked for, and with this being the case, often others points of view can be overshadowed. I think this happens particularly when people are unsure of all the technicalities.

For example, I know quite a bit about looking after my tortoises, I have kept them for a long time with no problems and have bred babes. However, I would be unsure in a discussion (though I have a good idea) 'why' I need to do certain things, particularly if then I had to explain my reasons and have to offer qualifications for having my thoughts. The example I will make is with the dandelions....... I once read it was advisable not to over feed stalks. I understand why, and made the decision not to do it. The same with buttercups.....advised not to to do it. I do know that some say buttercups are safe.....and to be honest now if there are traces in the weeds I supply I do not worry, whereas before I would pick all signs out. For this specific reason I do suggest checking out the Tortoisetable plant base web site. It helped me a lot and I still refer to it. But then that is the choice I made to stop myself being confused with what other people said I could/nt feed.

I would hope that, like myself, people would read a variety of forums in order to get a lot of opinions before settling on a course of tortoise keeping that suits themselves. I can understand why people come onto forums like this and say they are confused about advice they have been given. But then loving tortoises I suspect we can all agree....... Ignore any advice given by pet shops, do research before you get your tort, buy from a breeder and ask questions in a variety of places so you get the advice that suits your circumstances. X x xx Hugs x x x

Ps......plantain collecting at this time of year is really no good for a girls nails......


Excellent post, Stella.

#63093 Newbie - Advice Needed Pls :)

Posted by JerryMaffz on 10 February 2015 - 11:11 AM

They are lovely creatures...Temperatures are extremely important and you must get a thermometer as soon as possible..The temperature under your lamp should be around 32degrees and at the cool end around 20degrees..If your temps are too high this could be very dangerous to your tort and could result in the behaviour you describe or worse. If I were you I'd get a thermometer today and check temps.

#62878 Raised Bed

Posted by JerryMaffz on 27 January 2015 - 03:42 PM

I have just ordered a Tortoise Complex(the one at the bottom of the page) from Riverside Hutches..http://www.riverside...o.uk/page8.html.

.It should be fine for a couple of years, though its only a temporary measure.

I didn't want anything permanent for this year as it's possible we will be moving home.

Scott at Riverside has done a few modifications for me to aid drainage etc and I will be adding my own touches...I'll let you know if it's any good when I've received and assembled it.


Elsie will definitely be better off outdoors.

Rats could potentially burrow in to an enclosure, but it's unlikely.

You can always put something like hardcore, mesh etc under the soil.

#62823 Some Of My Horsfields

Posted by JerryMaffz on 23 January 2015 - 01:33 PM

I will be pinching that idea Karen. :)

#62543 Gaping Mouth

Posted by JerryMaffz on 10 January 2015 - 02:46 PM

Glad it's nothing too serious..Maybe she fell asleep under her lamp and dehydrated a bit..Her bath seems to have perked her up..You did the right thing to consult the vet though.  Remember that she will still need a basking temperature of around 32degrees and and area where she can cool down as well. That way she can regulate her own temperature.

#62381 Hibernating

Posted by JerryMaffz on 05 January 2015 - 11:38 PM

It's in the best interest of your tortoise to hibernate..I intend to use the fridge method for Jerry from next winter. It is the method where you have the most control of temperature. Yeah, it does seem daunting but your tortoise will be happier and healthier in the long run..I'm sure that when the time comes you/we will have plenty of support as newbies.

#62337 Tortoise Newbie... Hope We Are Doing It Right!

Posted by JerryMaffz on 03 January 2015 - 11:45 AM

Hello.. Congratulations on your new addition..I'm pretty new around here and am a relative novice. You have done the right thing by joinig and asking for advice.

 As I've said, I'm a newbie but I have done lots of research..Pelleted food is high in protein and is not really good as it promotes fast growth, with tortoises you are aiming for slow growth..I only feed mine with weeds such as Dandelion, Bristly Ox tongue, Plantain, Lambs Lettuce..Today he had Mallow, Buddleia and Chickweed..just very small amounts of each...Weeds are also free, you just need to wash them.

Nutrabol is good and will give your Nigel essential calcium and vitamins. You'll probably find that he will ignore his cuttle bone for a while, then suddenly have a binge on it..It will help keep his beak trimmed.

Beech chips can cause problems if ingested and straw serves no purpose really..I use a 50/50 topsoil/play sand substrate but I know that some suggest Topsoil only, this will allow your tortoise to thermoregulate better by digging down.. I bath my tortoise daily, but he is only a few months old.

 You don't say what species your tortoise is, mine is a Hermann and doesn't eat tomato.

 Also, you don't mention Lighting and temperatures, what are you using?

 Hope this info helps, someone with far more knowledge than me will be along soon with more info for you..Enjoy Nigel  :)

#62226 Newby Advice Please

Posted by JerryMaffz on 29 December 2014 - 11:49 AM

Don't worry too much. They can take a couple of weeks to settle in. He'll eat when he's hungry. Just keep up the baths daily to keep him hydrated. Offer him some fresh weeds daily..mine likes Dandelion, Bristly Ox tongue and Plantain..all still available to pick at this time of year..If you're wanting to get 'supermarket' food, the only one I'd suggest is Lambs Lettuce, but I know some suggest Florette Crispy salad..Fresh weeds are best though. My temps are 32 hot end, 22 cool end and I leave the lamp on for 12hrs during the day. I've only had my tortoise since September and it took him a while to settle in, but now he is active and mischievous..I have decided not to hibernate mine this year, but definitely will hereafter..Hope this helps.