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#61823 Happy Birthday Karen

Posted by Kelly on 01 October 2014 - 06:11 AM



I hope you have a lovely day. xxx :)

#60442 Everyday Diet?

Posted by Kelly on 02 April 2014 - 05:36 PM

I found this little booklet really useful when I first started on my quest to find edible weeds.


Here are a few pictures of some of the weeds I feed my tortoises to get you started on knowing what is safe and what isn't.

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#60064 Lost Tortoise Escaped From Run A Week Ago!

Posted by Kelly on 11 February 2014 - 07:32 AM

Brilliant news. :)


Sorry to hear that you're leaving us though. :( 


You'll find your navigation panel at the top right of the screen when your are on the forum's home page. Here you will find your log and to find all the content you've posted you simply have to click on your user name then on "My Content" and all your old posts will be displayed.

#59899 Newbie

Posted by Kelly on 28 January 2014 - 05:07 PM

What are your ambient temperatures like in your enclosure? If they are too low it could mean that your tortoise is a bit sleepier than he should be. You're aiming for the room temperature to be at about 18-20oc and your basking temperature should be about 32oc for your tortoise to remain active.


The Pre Alpin is one of the few dried foods that are any good. Have a look here for ideas of what is best to feed during the winter months.



I'm quite lucky where I am..... I've never had any trouble locating weeds during the winter months. I just have to hunt a bit harder and further afield. I normally plan ahead too, if snow or heavy frost is forecast..... I find that most weeds can last up to 2 weeks in and airtight container in the fridge.   :)

#59576 Newbie

Posted by Kelly on 26 November 2013 - 09:55 PM

:wave:  Welcome to the forum.


Don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions or concerns. There are lots of experienced keepers on here with decades of experience to help you. :)

#59575 New Hermann Hatchling Advice :)

Posted by Kelly on 26 November 2013 - 09:45 PM

Yes you're advice sounds spot on. You'll find that your hatchling will spend a lot of it's time burying itself, and a nice moist soil is crucial in order that is does not dehydrate. Sphagnum moss is great for holding the moisture and babies love to bury themselves in it. Put it inside a hide so that they have a humid area to retreat to if they so wish.


A weed only diet is the way to go. For a small hatchling, you should have no problem finding suitable food stuff, even if you're overwintering. Just remember to collect enough if snow is forecast. If you wash them and store them in an airtight container in the fridge they last for a week or two. ;)

#59405 Horsfield Hatchlings.

Posted by Kelly on 06 November 2013 - 07:22 AM

Beautiful. :wub:


You're making me broody for more hatchlings! :rofl:

#59345 Lost Tortoise Escaped From Run A Week Ago!

Posted by Kelly on 02 November 2013 - 01:59 PM

Try doing a fingertip search over every inch of the garden. There have been instances where tortoises have survived if the soil is well drained and they can dig down far enough to escape the freezing temperatures.


Keep looking.... he may still turn up.... particularly if the sun comes out.

#59292 Jackson Ratios

Posted by Kelly on 31 October 2013 - 01:58 PM

That sounds much better! :doh:  You had me worried for a minute there! :rofl:


Try to aim for between 2-4g a month weight gain as they grow if you can. If you grow them the slower the better they will have a lovely even shell growth.

#59286 Jackson Ratios

Posted by Kelly on 31 October 2013 - 01:44 PM

The Jackson Ratio is for tortoises over 10cm. According to the Hatchling Ratio (see attached file) that does seem very underweight. For a tortoise of 4.5cm you should be looking at a weight of about 15g and for one of 5.5cm about 40g.


Are you sure you have measured and weight them properly? This can make a HUGE difference in your calculations. :)


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#59156 Just Wanted To Share My Latest Pics....

Posted by Kelly on 20 October 2013 - 09:30 PM

These are beautiful pics.... 3 and 4 being particular favourites of mine. ;)

#57080 Outdoor Enclosure In The Planning.....

Posted by Kelly on 15 May 2013 - 08:42 PM

You're not the first and certainly won't be the last to listen to pet shop advice. Don't beat yourself up about it though.... at least you have done your research now and can see where you have been going wrong. :)


Many keepers out there don't bother and blindly follow this advice without ever questioning it.... they then wonder a few years down the line, why they have sick tortoises. :(

#56743 Help With Tortoise Facts Please

Posted by Kelly on 14 April 2013 - 08:13 PM

None of the tortoise care sheets really go into depth enough for what you want to find out.


There are a couple of good books recommended on this thread which may be of interest to you. The Hoger Vetter and Wolfgang Wegehaupt ones in particular go tell a little about basic anatomy. A few of us on here have bought copies of these books and have found them really useful in giving a greater depth of understanding.




You also might be interested in this:




Research changes all the time and what might be though to be true one minute, can be proved wrong the next. You can keep up to date with new research findings at The Tortoise Trust, where they regularly publish new findings concerning tortoise physiology.




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#56725 Another Upgrade

Posted by Kelly on 13 April 2013 - 02:08 PM

It all looks O.K from my end.....it could well be your laptop. ;)  I'll keep an eye on it though. Let me know if it persists. :)


Have you tried cleaning out your temporary internet files? Sometimes this helps to speed things up a bit.

#56659 Random Question I Know..

Posted by Kelly on 07 April 2013 - 02:26 PM

Personally, I wouldn't. There are a few ingredients like sunflower which are poisonous.... and Hermanns aren't really grass eaters.....


There are some really good tortoise friendly seeds mixes that you can buy to scatter in their outdoor enclosures. At least then you would know that what you are giving is 100% safe. :)


I buy mine form the Shelled Warriors shop on ebay http://myworld.ebay....=p2047675.l2559 and Herbiseed do a good mix too which you can buy in whatever quantity you require http://www.herbiseed.../pets/home.aspx