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#1 katasaurus

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Posted 27 May 2015 - 09:07 AM

Hiya, 

 

I was just wondering if anyone could help me, I've had my tortoise for about a year now and he/she is roughly three, the vet told me that Archie is a female however her tail is rather large and thick. I've attached some photos so if anyone could help I would be extremely grateful. 

 

I might just be worrying over nothing but do you think she is showing early signs of pyramiding? she's always had quite a "blocky" or raised sections on her carapace and i don't know if this is normal as I've seen a lot of hermanns with really smooth shells.

 

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Posted 27 May 2015 - 03:06 PM

I'd get a new vet, he's a male. Yes he is pyramiding, but I've seen a lot worse. He looks huge for his age so fast growth could be one of the causes. What does he weigh? You also need to give him lots of humidity which he would have in the wild, so his substrate should be watered regularly (not sprayed).

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Posted 27 May 2015 - 03:08 PM

Hi welcome to the forum. :)

Archie is male, how much does he weigh. :)



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Posted 27 May 2015 - 03:12 PM

I'd get a new vet, he's a male. Yes he is pyramiding, but I've seen a lot worse.

 

Which vet do you use 'katasaurus'?  I live in Bedfordshire and though I've yet to use a vet for Jerry,  most say that Scott's is the best in the area for chelonia...http://www.scottvete...uk/exotic-pets/



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Posted 28 May 2015 - 08:59 AM

Hiya sorry for the late reply, thank you so much for commenting. 

 

Thank you for helping me sex him, he weights 284g. He has recently been put on a grass only diet with the occasional succulent and flower thrown in.  In regards to the humidity, what levels should his tortoise table be? iIn his hide there is currently straw, would it be beneficial to take that out and put soil and sand in to make the hide humid too?

 

JerryMaffz, I went to Acorn House Veterinary Surgery on Linnet Way. I might take her to Scotts next time then. 



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Posted 28 May 2015 - 09:50 AM

 

 He has recently been put on a grass only diet with the occasional succulent and flower thrown in.  In regards to the humidity, what levels should his tortoise table be? iIn his hide there is currently straw, would it be beneficial to take that out and put soil and sand in to make the hide humid too?

 

JerryMaffz, I went to Acorn House Veterinary Surgery on Linnet Way. I might take her to Scotts next time then. 

 

Did the vet put him on a grass only diet? Whilst there are species of tortoise that thrive on a diet of grass the Hermann diet should consist mainly of weeds. They are plentiful at this time of year  eg. Dandelion, Mallow, Bristly Ox Tongue, Sow Thistle, Plantain..so you should be able to find a good (free) supply. Have a look at 'The Tortoise Table' website for more info. Try not to feed too much at a time as you are aiming for slow even growth.

Yes, replace the hide substrate with soil/sand as he will enjoy digging and it will help with thermoregulation. :)



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Posted 28 May 2015 - 10:09 AM

Yeah the vet recommend the grass diet. Ah okay I'll go out and start collecting :). With other reptiles starve days are quite a common practice, are starve days often used with tortoises too? 

 

I'll reduce his food intake and put him on a weed and plant diet. 

 

Thank you so much for your help :)



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Posted 28 May 2015 - 10:49 AM

No probs, happy to help.

Some people do recommend 'starve days' for tortoises.

I probably only give Jerry just one or two days without food a month. However, now he's outside for the summer he can graze anyway.

In reality it's probably best to feed every day in varying quantities. I just feed once a day, in the morning, after his bath.

Everyone will have their own regimes that suit them and their tortoises though.

If you weigh him weekly you can keep a log of Archies weight fluctuations and vary feed accordingly.



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Posted 28 May 2015 - 06:01 PM

hi
Hermanns shouldnt be on a grass diet,i really dont know where this vet got that advice,grass isnt good for hermanns to eat

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Posted 28 May 2015 - 08:15 PM

Hiya sorry for the late reply, thank you so much for commenting. 
 
Thank you for helping me sex him, he weights 284g. He has recently been put on a grass only diet with the occasional succulent and flower thrown in.  In regards to the humidity, what levels should his tortoise table be? iIn his hide there is currently straw, would it be beneficial to take that out and put soil and sand in to make the hide humid too?
 
JerryMaffz, I went to Acorn House Veterinary Surgery on Linnet Way. I might take her to Scotts next time then.


Hermanni don't digest grass well, that's an odd diet. Mine won't even touch it, pulling it from their mouths when taken accidentally with other food. Hay is a problem and will cause respiratory problems so best removed. I would suggest you find a new vet to be honest who has studied Chelonia rather than charging you good money for guess work :(

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Posted 28 May 2015 - 09:26 PM

Gosh, what a tort-ignorant vet! Archie is clearly a male, and as for a grass diet.................what???!
Check the vet list on this forum, katasaurus, or go to one recommended by the members.
PS. Checkout the Tortoise Table website for guidelines on correct feeding, you won't go far wrong at all:
 

http://thetortoisetable.org.uk






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