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#69118 Lots Of Sleeping, No Eating.

Posted by wizzasmum on 20 December 2019 - 10:39 AM

Sorry for the late reply, it's a busy time of year, how old is big Dave, have you checked the basking temperature to make sure that's high enough, also does the area have plenty of light where he is, at this time of year it's natural for them to be in hibernation and they sense the difference in the weather and temperature and it can be hard to keep them going through winter.
If your not planning on hibernating him, then yes wake him up on a regular basis, maybe try and give him a soak and offer food, then just keep an eye so he has good basking and ambient temperatures. x  :)

Also, in addition to Karen’s excellent advice, be aware that he can’t hibernate at room temps. If you’re going to hibernate him, it needs to be done properly at controlled temps of around 3-7 degrees ;)

#69064 Tank's Coming In!

Posted by wizzasmum on 23 September 2019 - 11:33 PM

They’re looking so good Sabina, you should be proud of yourself :)

#69051 Tank's Coming In!

Posted by wizzasmum on 20 September 2019 - 09:29 AM

I’m keeping mine going as long as possible, but despite the good weather theyre not eating much. They know it’s that time of year. Wish I could hibernate through winter like my shelled friends.

#69029 Limestone Flour

Posted by wizzasmum on 15 September 2019 - 11:32 PM

Here it is Sabina :) http://www.molevalle.../go?w=Limestone

#69028 Limestone Flour

Posted by wizzasmum on 15 September 2019 - 11:25 PM

Yes, it’s fine Sabina if you only need 1kg, but very often farm supplies will sell 10 or 20 kg for not a lot more. I will try to find the one I bought, but it was a long time ago now :)

#69002 Carrot Top

Posted by wizzasmum on 27 August 2019 - 10:39 PM

Thank you. Have referred to the link. Very interesting.

No, carrot tops are not suitable ;)

#68996 Scales Fell Off Head

Posted by wizzasmum on 25 August 2019 - 09:06 PM

Tortoises walking around houses, so often get hurt, thats why its recommended that they are kept outdoors in the habitats in summer and in safe indoor habitats or in hibernation over winter. If its fallen from a height, its very possibly received the injury then. Does it have deep soil to dig into?

#68984 Unexpected Baby

Posted by wizzasmum on 23 August 2019 - 07:02 PM

Lovely surprise, keep an eye out for more. Odd scutes can be due to temperature, but can also be genetic. I’ve had odd ones like this several times. I also have elderly adults with odd scutes, which are most likely genetic.

#68959 Another Year Older

Posted by wizzasmum on 18 August 2019 - 11:38 PM

Looking good Graham. Harry’s in his prime now. He could easily go as far again. I have a couple of very ancient females ;)

#68895 To Rescue Or Not To Rescue?

Posted by wizzasmum on 20 June 2019 - 05:27 PM

I don’t think I could bear to live in Vietnam for this reason. It was bad enough in Morocco ☹️ I’m sorry but I’m not sure of the legalities of import/export where are animals are concerned. I will have a look around, but think it might not be good news.

#68878 Using A Greenhouse

Posted by wizzasmum on 12 June 2019 - 07:02 PM

I’ve got some. It’s easy to work with but not clear, like I thought it would be. It’s good for working with frameworks etc.

#68859 4 Hermanni 2018 Babies For Sale

Posted by wizzasmum on 02 June 2019 - 07:14 PM

4 stunning little ones hatched July last year, all looking for good homes now. Will let them go to good homes for £80 each or 2 for £140. All certified with DEFRA/CITES. Reared on natural diet in open topped habitats, with lamps and supplements. They come with care booklet and after sales help for as long as needed. I deliver within reason around Shropshire, Cheshire and the Midlands, but also meet half way if further away.

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#68858 Make Sure Your Enclosure Is Safe.

Posted by wizzasmum on 01 June 2019 - 01:37 PM

Very sad and goes to show that temporary setups don’t work, although I think this was meant to be permanent. I hadn’t realised when I read about it that it was a sulcata. Hopefully the owners have now had a rethink about what these huge torts need. Lucky tort not to have perished.

#68771 Help With Feeding

Posted by wizzasmum on 08 March 2019 - 12:14 AM

Hey people,
Daisy my 4/5 year old has woken up this week, Ive bathed her and keeping her in the house until things warm up a bit outside, lucky there is some dandelion about and have given some cucumber for rehydration, but she is not interested in any food yet, how long should I leave it before I get worried it was only Monday I bathed her after she unburied Monday.
Many thanks
Andy c

You don’t say how you’re keeping her indoors. In order to have an appetite, they need temps of 32c, this also helps with digestion. If you’ve not got basking facilities indoors then you need to set up something ASAP.

#68767 Help With Feeding

Posted by wizzasmum on 07 March 2019 - 07:11 PM

As mentioned dried food isn’t good and can sometimes be dangerous. If leaves are dried quickly, then the composition can change and actually be dangerous for your tortoises. They may well know this which is why they’re not eating. Appetite also depends on other things, such as heat and light levels.
Always try to think of what tortoises have in nature. If the weathers too cool, they don’t eat and hide away, if it’s too hot they dig in and don’t eat, so it about getting the temps right too. Your hot spot needs to be around 32 degrees and they need access to a cool area to dig in overnight when lights are out. It gets easier as you learn what to feed, temps to,use etc. For now get some florette crispy salad and a good quality supplement/calcium balancer such as Nekton MSA. Don’t feed fruit of any type as it just encourages parasites to flourish in the gut.
Never use pet shop or dealer advice, it’s 99% guaranteed to be wrong. Many Facebook groups are poor too, as anyone can start a group with very little or even no experience. My hermanns tortoise Facebook group gives good advice, as does Teeside tortoises, both worth a look. This is how I keep my babies www.tortsmad.com/hatchlings.htm