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#1 Guest_sallybr0_*

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 10:04 PM

Hi, I'v had my Horsfield for 10 yrs & I thought we were doing fine until I found this forum & I'm now feeling that I'm not doing a v.good job. I'll give a brief outline of how I care for her, then please feel free to critique & advise. Amy (the tort) has free run of our bungalow as anything I put her in she scratches at the corners until her nails get loose. In summer she goes in the run on the lawn with the rabbit. I put out a variety of food;toms, dandilion leaves, tort dried food, etc which in April I can't give her enough but the rest of the time she hardly eats, def nothing for the last 3 wks or more. Her shell is hard & she's not skinny. I've never hibernated her as such. I let her find a spot generally under our bed, then when she's asleep I move her into a box full of shreaded paper with an open door, both so I can poke her as I like to check reflexes for my reassurance & so she can come out when she's ready. I do not have any special bulbs, tables, toys etc. Although I'm now feeling so guilty I'll look into anything people can recommend as I do want her around as long as poss. I do give her loads of attention. Thanks for reading this - look forward to replies! Cheers SALLY xx

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Posted 17 November 2006 - 12:03 PM

Hello Sally,
Where do I start:-)
The reason she is scratching is because she is a born digger, they are even round so they can turn in tunnels
Most people give them a run and line it with plastic clematis mesh about a foot down and the sides need to be lined too, they can tunnel 30' or more no problem, they can also climb, so any corners need a topping to give it a cliff hang effect so they can't get over the top.
They need mostly a soil based enclosure,I'll put Joanne's photo up to give you an idea, they need heat but are more hardy than most torts, not only do the hibernate, the esitavate as well (sorry about the spelling)
Which means if the weather gets too hot they hibernate in summer to a lower level till the weathr cools down a bit, they normally only eat about 3 months of the year that is why they have such huge appetities, but in captivity they don't need to, so a strict watch must be given to their amount of food intake. a definate no to the dried food.
Go to http://www.thetortoisehouse.com
If you have any concerns contact the owner of the site, she keeps and breeds Russians

#3 Guest_sallybr0_*

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Posted 24 November 2006 - 07:03 PM

Many thanks for taking the time to reply. I shall make it my little winter project so come waking up time Amy will have a marvellous enclosure. Much appreciated. xxxx

#4 Guest_arnhib_*

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 11:14 AM

Well done Sally, another happy healthy tortoise :-)

#5 Guest_jez45_*

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Posted 14 December 2006 - 08:51 PM

hi arnie long time no talk to.tis jez;-) um jus wondering if u could poss av a look at my prob at top of this page???im really in debt to nina for the advice she/he has been only person to respond to my prob.teke it ez.jez

#6 Guest_sallybr0_*

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 09:56 PM

Amy has now woken up. She went to sleep of her own accord in a box os shredded paper just before Christmas & came out of the box last week. Has she had long enough? Also she hasn't eaten yet, although I have provided fresh stuff daily. What are some tortoise favouries that might tempt her?
Thanks for any replies. SALLY XXXXXXXXXXX

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Posted 23 February 2007 - 01:00 PM

Hi Sally,

Where was you box of shredded paper? Was it in a cold place like an outhouse or garage of some sort? Now that she is woken up you should keep her awake, but give her nice baths in warm water up to the place where the top of her shell meets the bottom (chin level) because she will have dehydrated a bit in that box. Tortoises love weeds, so have you tempted her with those (there's still a fair amount of dandelions and plantain about outside)? A thin slice of cucumber has no nourishment, but it's filled with water and so would help to re-hydrate her, and tortoises usually really like cucumber.
For really good advice on all aspects of tortoise keeping, check out these websites:
The second link is a great downloadable booklet.


#8 Guest_sallybr0_*

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Posted 23 February 2007 - 09:14 PM

Thanks for all that advice, will put into action ASAP. This is Amy, can anyone confirm her sex please.DSCN0601IMG]http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s138/sallybro/DSCN0599.jpg[/IMG].jpg[/IMIMG]http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s138/sallybro/DSCN0600.jpg[/IMG]G] My son would like his own tortoise, should I get another Horsfield? If so same sex or one of each? Thanks SALLY xxx

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Posted 14 May 2007 - 06:47 PM

i would say both female but you need someone else to confirm

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Posted 13 May 2007 - 08:23 PM

nice looking tort i also have a horsfield only had her a week good to no they good diggers as i have made a pen on garden have to make it deeper so cant get out or put rocks donw

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