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#68331 My Female Big Biggi Starts In A New Year.

Posted by Germanlady on 21 March 2018 - 09:01 AM

Biggi showed up, first wet with condensation, because her carapax was still cold and the sun heated the coldframe up to 35 in the sleeping area and 45!!! in the area with sun.

In the afternoon I offered her 8 different herbs which I could easily find in the garden. She ate them - and afterwards another portion.

19 nass vom Kondenswasser.JPG 21 erste Mahlzeit.JPG

#68329 Slide Show - Emerging From Hibernation

Posted by Germanlady on 18 March 2018 - 07:54 PM

Of course in nature they hibernate as long as the adults in general. But the winters are not as long as ours. I think, in the third year they can "sleep" 12 weeks with no problems.

#68327 Slide Show - Emerging From Hibernation

Posted by Germanlady on 18 March 2018 - 05:34 PM

Thanks very much vor showing this. First class! You are a good example.

But next winter, they can hibernate longer, can´t they?

#68280 Hello, I Am From Germany....

Posted by Germanlady on 21 February 2018 - 10:04 AM

Well, I´ve had some own babies within 15 years. 2010 for the last time. 2010 I hatched all my eggs. Since then I´ve always destroyed them. It is so hard to find new keepers with good conditions and suitable groups. So I still have 10 youngsters -now nearly 8-year-olds- in my garden, which I would like to sell. Most of the ones from 2010 never saw an indoor-enclosure, therefore I had lamps in their cold frame. When I didn´t need the enclosure for the youngsters anymore, I removed it and also the power supply. But when we set up the new cold-frames (Beckmann), my husband put power supply in one of them, in case I might need it some time.

When I take new photos in the upcoming summer, I´ll put some photos in the photo section.


Long long years ago, someone gave me a blind Graeca ibera, which I cared for some years until it had to be put to sleep. It got many other problems over the years.


Nice animal in the photo!

#68277 Hello, I Am From Germany....

Posted by Germanlady on 20 February 2018 - 07:59 PM

Well, I began to make photos in 2012/2013 here: www.boettgeri2012.blogspot.com


And then I added stories and photos and videos each year:



and so on.

Just change the year.



I would be pleased about a feedback here :)

#68266 Outdoor Enclosure Advice For A Beginner

Posted by Germanlady on 19 February 2018 - 04:03 PM


I have a question: why babies in captivity (and even adult tortoises) in Northern Europe do not behave like the ones on the wild. They are much more out, not really hiding. Is it because of the weather (less heat/sun so they are out a lot more)?



I cannot compare their behaviour in captivity with behaviour in nature, because when I were in their natural invironment, I went around, saw several tortoises, watched them some time and went on. To compare I should have stayed there all day long watching them and several days in different seasons.

But - MY tortoises are very often hidden. My neighbour sometimes is standing at my enclosures and looking and looking and seeing no tortoises. It´s mainly in summer during the middle of the day or on rainy and cold days of course. And, what is interesting, they hide when it is really fine weather in autumn, when the sun shines warm and we humans think it would be fine for them to warm in the sunshine.

Well, they are wild animals, they do what they want, if they have the chance to. Perhaps they want to cool down in autumn in preparation for the hibernation. This is also my statement, when I see them digging themselves in really wet ground unter plants or stones, sometimes in mud after rain.


I´ve never been to the Galapagos Islands, but it must be extraordinary. It it were not such a long flight.................