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#1 Reajen01


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Posted 03 October 2015 - 02:38 PM

Hi everyone,

Wimble is doing really well, he has now come in for the winter and has a new indoor enclosure, see below.

Instead of asking questions I shall tell you what I'm doing and hopefully you can correct me where I am going wrong....

His behaviour changed as soon as the outside temperatures started to drop, he is only really active between 10am and 2pm, sometimes less, occasionally more. He has been gaining weight at the correct rate so far, which I equally pleased and proud about! I bathe him daily now he is inside and his new table means I can easily keep the substrate damp by just using a watering can around the edges every few days.

He isn't eating everything I put in for him, so I am only feeding him every other day, sprinkling with Netrobal. He has a small pot of limestone flour and cuttlefish bone too.

Initially I had his light and heat on for 12 hours and have since reduced it gradually to 9 hours, he spends the majority of his time buried near to his heat lamp. He is urinating and defecating regularly and both appear healthy. The hottest part of his table is 31 and the coolest is 18 with a gradient in between. I have invested in a non contact thermometer so I can accurately measure the temps.

I am planning on reducing his food from November to March with the aim of maintaining his weight for that period.

In the picture his table is next to a radiator but his since been moved in preparation for the heating coming on, he is in the centre of the lounge diner now, farthest away from any heat sources as I wanted to try and keep him in the coolest part of the room but still where we can see him.

Aside from all the practical stuff, he is an adorable little chap (or chappess) who has completely captured my heart. He is very shy but as we have a quiet house and quiet life, he doesn't retreat into his shell too often! I only handle him to put him in the bath and to weigh him, I'd like to handle him more but have read that this can stress them out so I don't.

When he was in his outdoor enclosure I spent hours and hours sat in the sun (too often with a glass of pimms) watching him, my partner regularly despairs when I get excited and shout him to come watch because Wimble is doing a poo/eating a new weed/burying down expertly.......the list goes on!

Looking forward to your comments, opinions and corrections xx

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Posted 03 October 2015 - 02:57 PM

Everything sounds fine and perfectly normal. Seems like you are doing a great job. I've spent the morning searching for one of mine outdoors, only to find him coming out of his hide. At least the garden is tidier ready for next year.
Just had a look at your pic and I would say to move the slate away from the heat lamp. It's great to feed them from, but is dangerous under lamps 😉

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Posted 03 October 2015 - 03:08 PM

Will do, thank you. Wimble is so adept at burrowing down now, I sometimes can't stop myself from gently moving the soil to check he is still in there haha!

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