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#1 Marthasmum

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Posted 12 January 2015 - 01:27 PM

Hi, can anyone advise please? 3 year old hermann, spent the summer outside but didn't adapt brilliantly and we made a decision not to hibernate her as her weight gain wasn't ideal. Has been inside with solar glo (Eco-terra) lamp. We've not had a great experience with it blowing quite regularly and it has recently gone again so we are currently waiting for a complete new set to arrive. She has just developed the two green spots on her head, any ideas please? Otherwise seems well and is eating. Photo attached (I think)! Many thanks. Attached File  image.jpg   43.43KB   2 downloads

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Posted 12 January 2015 - 02:51 PM

[quote name="Marthasmum" post="62564" timestamp="1421069230"]Hi, can anyone advise please? 3 year old hermann, spent the summer outside but didn't adapt brilliantly and we made a decision not to hibernate her as her weight gain wasn't ideal. Has been inside with solar glo (Eco-terra) lamp. We've not had a great experience with it blowing quite regularly and it has recently gone again so we are currently waiting for a complete new set to arrive. She has just developed the two green spots on her head, any ideas please? Otherwise seems well and is eating. Photo attached (I think)! Many thanks. attachicon.gifimage.jpg[/quote

They are just new scales where she has lost some, perfectly normal :) did you give her additional heat outdoors? It's unusual for them not to adapt to an outdoor life, they usually thrive.

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Posted 12 January 2015 - 05:05 PM

Hi Sue, that's a relief but feel slightly foolish! Thank you for that.
She's one of your Jersey hatchlings. No we didn't give her extra heat other than a large Perspex garden cloche. Will look at that when she goes back out. Her enclosure is made for her to grow into and she never seemed to explore. Nor did she seem to bother with the weeds we planted although we obviously didn't watch her 24/7. It's built next to the garage with a hole cut out for access to an indoor bit which she did a lot, go to sleep and then we would then have to physically put her back out. All of which would account for her slowish weight gain over the summer??

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Posted 12 January 2015 - 07:44 PM

Oh right lol, sure she will be fine ;)
They won't gain weight outdoors without additional heat in this country. They need to have a core temp of 30 degrees at least to digest any food they eat. How much did she gain and what age/ weight is she now?

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Posted 13 January 2015 - 06:04 PM

She was 62g at 16 months and is now 3 years 5 months and is 130g. How does that sound?

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Posted 13 January 2015 - 06:10 PM

Hi,
You will need to measure the SCL to determine if she is under weight.

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Posted 13 January 2015 - 06:28 PM

Ok, thanks. Based on that she has a Jackson ratio of 0.16 and 017.

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Posted 13 January 2015 - 06:29 PM

Of between 0.16 and 0.17 that should read!

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Posted 13 January 2015 - 07:02 PM

That is critically underweight, so she needs special care right now. That doesn't mean that she is undersized for her age, but that her she'll to weight ratio is very low, meaning that something has gone wrong with the husbandry, such as temps, hydration etc. Do you still have the care sheets, weight chart etc?

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Posted 13 January 2015 - 09:04 PM

We do, she should be well hydrated but have had ongoing heating issues but new set up has arrived today. Will be very careful with her. Thanks for advice

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Posted 13 January 2015 - 10:00 PM

Are you watering the substrate well, as that will aid hydration?

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Posted 14 January 2015 - 06:18 PM

It is kept moist although she sleeps under a hide these days rather than digging down and hasn't been having daily baths which we can do. Will give her care a good overhaul and keep you posted. I'm not convinced about the accuracy of our weighing and measuring and will buy the scales I see you recommend in another post.




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