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#1 garywomack1986

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 10:26 AM

I have been giving squirt dandelions out of gardan but i havent many but i have noticed alot of this in picture growing just wanted to check if it is ok to feed him it and i have been using exo terra calcium but noticed that his shell near his tail is soft so was thinking of changing to neckton msa is this in picture the right one i should be using

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 10:46 AM

It's herb robert; OK to feed in moderation, but generally, tortoises don't like the taste.

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 02:34 PM

Thanks i will try him with abit

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 03:54 PM

Yes the nekton in the pic is the right one. Only get the smallest 40g size and use it daily, not weekly as some suggest. Soft shell shows he's not getting enough nutrients. My horsfields used to eat Herb Robert but my hermanns won't touch it.

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 07:55 PM

Thanks im going to order some and try him with some herb robert tomorrow

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Posted 06 May 2016 - 08:46 PM

I have tried him today with some and he as eaten most of what i gave him

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Posted 07 May 2016 - 07:29 AM

He's a horsfield, geared to eat the world lol. Just don't let him as there's no turning back once they get deformed ;)

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Posted 07 May 2016 - 10:30 AM

My horsfields will eat any thing :lol: it's good in a way that they get variety, I agree with Sue though they can be very greedy so don't over feed him. :)



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Posted 07 May 2016 - 06:27 PM

I have had to cut him back he started eating loads and one point he gained 6grams in a week but since i have been giving him weeds out of gardan his only been gaining 2grams and he seems to realy like water cres if i put it under rest of his food he will move it all to eat that first lol

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Posted 07 May 2016 - 08:32 PM

What size is he? 2 grams a week may still be too much if he's only small. 6 grams a week will be putting a strain on his internal organs and bones/joints.

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Posted 08 May 2016 - 08:23 AM

His shell his 6.5cm and is 75grams

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Posted 08 May 2016 - 08:53 AM

2-3 grams a month is plenty at this size, otherwise he will have huge deformities and possible organ problems;) he is quite overweight for his size, so will be starting to dome already I imagine. Horsfields are not a domed species, being a lot flatter than others as the are burrowers ;)

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Posted 08 May 2016 - 08:56 AM

I have had to cut him back he started eating loads and one point he gained 6grams in a week but since i have been giving him weeds out of gardan his only been gaining 2grams and he seems to realy like water cres if i put it under rest of his food he will move it all to eat that first lol


When you say watercress, do you mean the big leaved variety that grows on thick stems or the stuff in little pots from supermarket. The potted stuff isn't cress at all but rapeseed and stops calcium being absorbed, which will cause soft shell. Don't give him piles of stuff. One dandelion leaf is plenty for a hatchling.

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Posted 08 May 2016 - 11:14 AM

Its the big leaves and he has got bit of a dome thats why ive started feeding him less and ordered some neckon msa




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