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#1 cocktail&pimms

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 04:25 PM

we re-homed two Hermanns yesterday who were previously kept in a cat litter tray with no uv lamp.


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Posted 30 July 2012 - 05:43 PM

Hi There,
Your tortoises look great and their enclosure is wonderful. Might I suggest you replace the wood chippings with topsoil?
Wood chippings can develop mold spores when wet which can be harmful to tortoises and cause respiratory problems. Otherwise everything is fine. You have certainly done your homework. Both torts are very lucky to have you! :)
Take care ;)
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Posted 30 July 2012 - 05:46 PM

i have brought some replacement bedding :)

how many hours a day should i have the uv light on? and should i alter that length for the months of the year?
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Posted 30 July 2012 - 05:55 PM

I would say topsoil is probably the safest and best substrate to use. I would judge the amount of UV by the seasons and when the sun rises and sets. You should be keeping things as natural as possible. Also, put your torts outside on warmer, sunnier days so they can get the full benefit of exterior sunlight. Hope this helps. ;)
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Posted 30 July 2012 - 06:08 PM

hi i agree with freddy topsoil is the best substrate to use :) other than that you,ve done a great job :)

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 06:30 PM

Gorgeous looking torts, you are lucky to have them and they are lucky to have found you. :) A diet of fresh tort friendly weeds & flowers are the healthiest food for them - no pellets. ;)

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 06:38 PM

im going to fase out the pellets as didnt want to change too much too soon. thank you for all the advice, i really want to give them a good life. i have a old rabbit run that i can adapt for sunny days for the garden. And will replace with top soil asap

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 09:16 PM

They are going to have the perfect home. :thumbup:

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 06:29 PM

do i need a night heat light as the room they are in can drop to about 10c at night?

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 09:10 PM

Congrats on yr new torts, they look lovely :) I personally never let night temps drop under 21C, you may find others that find 21C too high, but 10C is too low for sure. I recommend using a ceramic bulb heater for the night (can also be used for the day)

Another thing, rucola (I'm seeing t in yr pics) should only be fed in moderation.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:28 AM

hi no you dont need any heat at night they need a drop in temperature on a night :)

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 07:08 AM

10C is too low tho

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 07:42 AM

i will get a lower heat bulb for night as don't want them to get too cold at night. thanks. also i mainly feed them dandelion leaves now, plus im growing some tortoise safe weed seeds so a more varied diet will begin soon.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 07:58 AM

Growing your own is the way to go :)

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 01:24 PM

i brought a red 40 watt night heat light. this should be enough to keep the temp from dropping too low x went on a walk and picked some dandelions, white clover and common poppy for them today. (my book said they are all safe, please correct me if wrong)

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 06:23 PM

Not many poppies are safe, especially the red ones. I would give them a miss.http://www.thetortoi...p?issearch=true Knowledge on the feeding of tortoises must have moved on since you bought your book, when was it published?

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 06:40 PM

15.3° C to 13.4 ° C is forecast overnight for here and believe me that is warm for us. Tomorrow will be 20°C and :sun:


As we leave for work at 6.20 am, it is way too early to wake a baby tort, I was thinking of putting him out now, he has a hut with Readigrass, will it be okay? I don't want him to miss tomorrows promised sun.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 07:01 PM

you can put him in the hut at 6:15 dont think he'll notice ;)

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 07:19 PM

What,you think he wouldn't notice if I whipped him out of one bed & put him in another at the crack of a sparrows fart? You might be right. :rofl:

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 07:33 PM

Yeah, he'll think thats he's just dreaming that he's in your garden on a readigrass bed awaiting (hopefully) the sun and looking at the sparrows (farting) :D




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