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#1 Kelly

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 03:00 PM

I've been having a read of old post about tortoises eating stones and can see that it is quite normal reptile behaviour, but you can't help but worry when they do it!!!

Norman's got large slate chippings in his outdoor enclosure and regularly picks them up in his mouth, especially if they are wet. I assumed he was doing it just to help keep his beak trim.

Yesterday when in the bath he pooed and I found this in it!!! Posted Image He must have really searched in amongst the slate chipping to find one small enough to eat! I've photographed it next to a 5p piece.

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I bet passing that through made his eyes water!! Posted Image

He's got cuttlefish and has nutrobal sprinkled on his food daily. I wonder what mineral he is searching for?

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 05:37 PM

Kelly I know the problem though not seen any evidence as yet. Peta is always nibbling stones and slate despite having cuttlefish bone etc available. I have read the research and so tell myself not to worry when I see her showing far too much interest in these things. However today.... Despite her space and lots of other interesting adventures she could have, she persistently wanted to eat slate and pebbles. I told myself not to worry..... Think now having seen Normans gift to you I just may start...... Worrying x x. Hugs x x

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 06:23 PM

I can't believe he found that tiny one in amongst all the others in the first place.... I thought they were big enough for him not to eat easily....

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I found some empty snail shells today, so I've put them in among the slate chippings.... I've also broken up a bit of cuttle fish and added them too.....hopefully he'll prefer them and nibble on those instead!

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 08:52 PM

Ouch!! :D

Mine much prefer their cuttlefish once they have been trodden on, peed on, rained on are filthy dirty and I begin to think I really should put in new bits!!

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 08:42 PM

ouch, i bet that was painful.
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