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#1 Hollyvictoria93

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Posted 19 February 2015 - 03:20 PM

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Hello,
My name is Sheldon, I am a 5 Month old Hermann Tortoise and i've recently been moved into my new home. I am settling in well and starting to get to know my owner, Holly. She loves to talk to me and i love the company, for a little 'fella' like myself, I'm not as shy as i make out, infact I'm rather picky; i like to keep holly on her feet, and I'm not a bad climber too. 

Likes & Dislikes:
I love climbing, tomatoes and because I'm a baby I'm often found sleeping in my little house or on-top of my twig bridge.
I dislike, baths - because I'm so young i have to be bathed daily and its not something I'm totally enarmoured about, i look forward to when i grow up and it becomes less often..

On that note... Bath time.  :mellow:  :)   

 



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Posted 19 February 2015 - 03:45 PM

Hi Holly,

Sheldon is lovely, tortoises need time to settle into new enclosures so try and only handle him when needed, ie baths, I see you got Sheldon from a pet shop, do you mind me asking what advice they gave you on his enclosure and diet etc. :)



#3 Hollyvictoria93

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Posted 19 February 2015 - 04:46 PM

Hello Karen,
Thank you very much - he's lovely. 

Yes, i purchased sheldon from a reptile shop back at home (Lincoln), i received no advice what-so ever and have done all the research prior to fetching him, i have purchased books also to help with the prep.

But..

Sheldons Enclosure:
Water dish: Filled minimally, Cleaned daily, always in enclosure, Big enough to bathe in if needed.
Food dish: Small amounts of Rocket, coral lettuce, Endive (frisee), Red chard, green salanova, trio leaf and red salanova, watercress, Basil (Tomato when he first moved in) NUTROBAL.
Cuttlefish: Calcium and health
House: Large shelter in which he uses to sleep in
Twig Bridge: Climbing.
UVB Lighting & Basking Light (currently 60 Watt, 100 watt bulb being delivered)
Tortoise substrate: Currently within the enclosure, but will be changing due to getting in eyes.

Baths Daily - as instructed by many reptile keepers whilst he's a baby - encourages to keep hydrated.

Think thats it  :winkgrin: 

 



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Posted 19 February 2015 - 05:47 PM

The one thing I would say is missing for your little guy is a moist substrate. That shows in the condition of his shell, which should be really smooth, especially at only 5 months. If you change your substrate to something more natural which can be watered, you will see a huge difference. He looks quite big for his age, so keep an eye on his weight too ;)

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Posted 19 February 2015 - 11:21 PM

His substrate is specialised for tortoises, i could water this down a little? 
Also, the condition of his shell is smooth, there is no bumps or disfiguration, and lastly the photograph in which I have included makes him appear big but he's tiny. (I'll include a photograph later on showing this) 



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Posted 20 February 2015 - 12:00 AM

Ordinary topsoil is an ideal substrate, and should be watered regularly so that it's dry on the top but damp underneath. I water liberally round the edges of the enclosure every 2-3 days so that the water seeps underneath. I use a bottle with a sprinkler attachment on it while they're indoors (to give more control and avoid soaking the furniture!) Once outside for the summer I use a watering can with a rose attachment. I usually water the torts as well in the process - they seem to quite like this and it all helps with hydration.

Chris





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