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#1 MiriMaran

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Posted 03 October 2014 - 05:56 PM

Hi,

 

I have been lurking in the background reading posts on this forum and I thought it was high time I introduced myself.

 

I have an 11 year old son who got an 8 year old Hermann tortoise, called Herbella, this spring.  The previous owner 'rescued' Herbella from her ex and nursed her back to health, but felt that she had done her bit and was ready for Herbella to go to pastures new.

 

We have all completely fallen in love with Herbella and love her comical antics.  She bulldozes her way around with a determined tenacity.  She comes to you when you call her and is very curious about everything.  She loves dandelion, white clover, bittercress and for a treat she gets cooked butternut squash or pakchoi.  We've taken her to a specialist vet for a check and she is in good shape.  We are hoping to hibernate her this winter, but I have a lot to learn and Herbella has never been hibernated before.  feeling nervous.

 

This summer she has been living in our raspberry patch and has a little house for nighttime with a perspex roof and pop hole. I planted some dandelions for her which she trashes as quickly as they can grow.  The raspberry patch isn't perfect for her so we have chosen a different bit of garden for her where she can also have an indoor area and heat/light. I haven't felt comfortable taking her outside and bringing her in depending on the weather.  I would like her to be able to decide where she wants to be instead of me choosing for her.  The project will start this weekend and will hopefully be ready for the spring.

 

I think that's enough for now.  Hopefully I have attached some photos and now I'm off to outdoor enclosures and hibernation sections to ask a 101 questions!

 

Thanks for reading.

 

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Posted 03 October 2014 - 07:26 PM

Hi There,

Welcome to the forum. :)  We are a friendly, helpful bunch. You will get plenty of great advice here and make many new friends.

Look forward to hearing more about your wonderful tort 'Herbella'. :wub:  She sounds like quite a character. Hope you enjoy your stay. ;)

Take care

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Freddy :D



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Posted 03 October 2014 - 07:31 PM

Yes, welcome to the forum. Glad you are looking to change things for Herbella, I'm sure she will really appreciate it :)

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Posted 03 October 2014 - 09:17 PM

Welcome :)

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Posted 04 October 2014 - 05:23 AM

Hi welcome to the forum. :)

Have a read of this for hibernation I think you'll find it helpful, and then if you have any questions just ask. ;)   http://www.tortsmad....hibernation.htm



#6 MiriMaran

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Posted 04 October 2014 - 09:33 AM

Thanks guys.  I have read that Karen and its brilliant.  We don't have any space in the house to have a separate fridge for Herbella unless its really small.  We have a big fridge that we use to cure bacon and hams (we raise a couple of pigs every year), but its in the garage.  I was thinking of buying a specialist tortoise fridge like the Lucky reptile herp nursery as in the summer we could also potentially use it for chicken eggs.  Its expensive, but I'm debating about whether to get it.  The investment seems worth it as we hope to have Herbella for a very long time.  I should really be writing all this on the hibernation section - sorry.

 

Is Herbella's shell slightly pyramided?  From looking at photos of other torties I think it is, but am not sure.  I presume this happened when she wasn't well cared for as a youngster.  Will it be like that for life now?  Sorry, lots of questions again!!  :D



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Posted 04 October 2014 - 06:42 PM

I know of a few people who have given excellent reports on the reliability of the lucky herp hibernator. It's fine for just one tortoise and as you say a reliable incubator for eggs too, although you would have to turn manually for chickens ;) I. Cant see pics :( pyramiding is permanent unfortunately though.

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Posted 05 October 2014 - 04:29 PM

Welcome to the forum.....lots of chat and advice to keep you entertained x x x hugs x x x

#9 MiriMaran

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Posted 07 October 2014 - 01:20 PM

I'm just trying to pluck up the courage to convince my husband and Herp incubator is the way to go!






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