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#1 garywomack1986

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Posted 05 March 2016 - 05:19 PM

Hi i got a horsefield but i havent seen him eating yet only eating his tortoise life i have tried him/her on a few different foods but just walks over it i am not to sure how old he/she is i have weight 59g

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Posted 05 March 2016 - 06:07 PM

He's got good growth lines so he's eating something, in fact they are wider than normal. Horsfields are a burrowing species so you need to water your substrate to make it hold together better, to help him dig in. How long have you had him? It can take a while for them to settle as they don't like change, but so long as you make sure he's taking on water he will settle eventually. What foods are you offering? Stick to weeds such as dandelion, clover, plantain etc or you could try him on some florette crispy salad which sometimes tempts them.

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Posted 05 March 2016 - 06:50 PM

Thank you for reply and funny enough soon as i wrote on here he started eating ive had him 2 days what would you recommend me spraying substrate and he/she likes his water just sits in it for ages and i tried him on watercres, mixed salad but wasnt intresred so put a little bit of cucumber in and went straight for it and whats best way to tell if its boy or girl as kids and wife carnt think of a name

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Posted 05 March 2016 - 11:45 PM

If a horsfield is sitting in water it's likely dehydrated as they normally don't like water. Don't leave him in there a long time. Water the substrate and let the top dry. It needs to be deep for Horsfields. You can't tell the sex at this size. If you take a pic of underneath showing tail, we can see if it's looking male or female, but most babies display as female for a few years.

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Posted 06 March 2016 - 09:12 AM

Thanks and this is the underneath

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Posted 06 March 2016 - 09:37 PM

It's looking female at the moment and the anal scutes and vent are looking that way too, but Horsfields especially are renowned for surprising you, so don't count on it being female for a couple more years.

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Posted 07 March 2016 - 05:35 AM

Thanks

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Posted 09 March 2016 - 08:00 PM

Advice and help needed please my tortoise still isnt eatting i have tried her on a variety of different foods and all she wants to do is sleep

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Posted 09 March 2016 - 09:23 PM

What are your temps, both in the hot spot and cool end? What substrate are you using. Remember it's a burrowing species and if they can't do what they need then they get stressed. Stress leads to not eating and illness. If the environment is correct, things usually pan out ok. Where was it bought from?

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Posted 10 March 2016 - 03:49 AM

Advice and help needed please my tortoise still isnt eatting i have tried her on a variety of different foods and all she wants to do is sleep

Hi Gary,

Do you have a picture of your set up and also what temperatures your getting in there. :)

Horsfields are quite stubborn and do like things to be just right for them, have you tried feeding after a bath, in the mean time while he/she is still settling in keep up the baths as hydration is important, but other than this try not to handle him/her too much. :)



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Posted 10 March 2016 - 06:00 AM

Got the remp under light at 32 and 21 at other end and i am useing tortoise life for substrate that i have put some water on and ive seen him/her eating twice and a mate of mine bought him but he wasnt aloud to keep him so i got it of him and i normaly feed him on a morning and bath him on a evening when i get in from work i have also been putting calcium powder on his food every other day

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Posted 10 March 2016 - 08:57 AM

Horsfield tortoises are burrowers and must have a decent soil substrate to dig in. He will be stressed by his small area with no way of digging down overnight. Hide areas are not really suitable as their instinct is to dig down. He will take much longer to settle if not given a better substrate.

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Posted 10 March 2016 - 07:32 PM

Thanks for the feedback and im going to replace it with top soil at weekend and should i worry about him loosing 1gram in a week

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Posted 11 March 2016 - 01:13 AM

1 gram could be a poo or a pee, could be more next week :)

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Posted 11 March 2016 - 05:36 AM

Ok

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Posted 12 March 2016 - 05:30 PM

Lets see how he likes his new set up with 5-6inch of top soil

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Posted 12 March 2016 - 09:45 PM

Thouggt id check on squirt and hes started digging so hope hes happy

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