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#1 NANACAZ

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Posted 27 January 2021 - 02:26 PM

I was hoping to get some plug plants from bioactiveherps but they have sold out.   :cry: I did get some seeds of e-bay though so have sewn them for now although I would have preferred the plug plants to grown a little quicker.

 

 



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Posted 28 January 2021 - 09:54 AM

I wouldn’t worry as we need weeds to grow slowly to give tortoises the biggest benefit. Fast growing plants are a bit like human produced salad leaves, very little fibre and mostly water. They need to provide bulk in the intestines for a healthy gut ;)

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Posted 28 January 2021 - 01:52 PM

Thanks for the info Sue, I feel better about them now.

 

Think my tort will be waking up in the next couple of weeks.

 

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Posted 28 January 2021 - 05:28 PM

Is he/she outdoors Carol? Mine are underground and at the beginning of the week
I’d have said no way, but today is like spring Eek!

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Posted 29 January 2021 - 12:12 PM

Hi

 

She is boxed in soil. I thought about lettering her stay in her outside pen to dig down as that's what she initially did but I was too scared in case it got too frosty ,

 

I did think of making her a winter hide in the greenhouse but again I chickened out lol

 

It is like spring today but then I think they have forecast more cold weather. At least its not raining here in Sheffield yeh.



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Posted 31 January 2021 - 04:50 PM

Frost isn’t a problem so long as you can shelter the area. In our tests last year it was discovered that the need for additional heat above ground wasn’t necessary as temps below ground remained very close to the idea 5c. Last week we had overnight temps here of minus 6c and the heaters (attached to underground probes) never kicked in. Amazing! If you put her in the greenhouse in future years, don’t use a hide as then she won’t dig underground where she would be safe ;)

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Posted 01 February 2021 - 01:43 PM

Oh right. I might try and be braver this year and let her do her thing.

 

Thankyou for the info

 

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Posted 01 February 2021 - 04:49 PM

Oh right. I might try and be braver this year and let her do her thing.
 
Thankyou for the info
 
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You’ll be glad you did. I’ve not used any other method for several years now. Just be sure there’s a good depth of soil (below ground level) and everything else will be fine.




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