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Posted 15 February 2017 - 01:14 PM

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Do you know if moles are predators for small Hermann tortoises. The two Hermann babies are 17 months currently.

I am asking because i have started the design of their outdoors enclosure.

 

I know that rodents and foxes are predators, and i was wondering about moles.

 

Thank you

 

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 07:01 PM

I've never really thought about moles. I live in the countryside, but have never seen them in the gardens around here. I know they generally eat earthworms, but imagine they are capable of eating bigger prey. I can't see them coming looking for tortoises, but wouldn't put an enclosure in places frequented by moles, not least because of the tunnels they make. You could always put wire mesh linked together, a few inches below the surface of your enclosure for little ones protection. I'm sure someone else will come along who knows more about them ;)

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 03:56 AM

Not really some thing i've thought about either as i've nevr had one in my garden, i think if you get them in your garden it's best to think of them as a risk to be on the safe side. :) 



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Posted 16 February 2017 - 10:05 AM

Thank you very much for your feedback Sue and Karen.

I have never seen one either or signs of their presence, and never seen their holes in the whole garden.

 

Except..... 3-4 years ago...., there was the head of a mole with the veins hanging hidden behind the hose box in the garden. I think that was the remaining a fox's pray and the next day it disappeared.

 

But I will keep in mind that i can still add some extra security for peace of mind in the outdoor enclosure.

 

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 11:10 AM

Thank you very much for your feedback Sue and Karen.
I have never seen one either or signs of their presence, and never seen their holes in the whole garden.
 
Except..... 3-4 years ago...., there was the head of a mole with the veins hanging hidden behind the hose box in the garden. I think that was the remaining a fox's pray and the next day it disappeared.
 
But I will keep in mind that i can still add some extra security for peace of mind in the outdoor enclosure.
 
Sabina


Oh yuk! Not a nice find. Talking of predators, I've just seen a raptor of some kind hovering over the gardens here. Obviously not looking at tortoises just yet, but it makes you wary. Now if they'd come and decimate the crow population I'd be a happy tortoise Mum ;)

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 04:10 PM

Oh yuk! Not a nice find. Talking of predators, I've just seen a raptor of some kind hovering over the gardens here. Obviously not looking at tortoises just yet, but it makes you wary. Now if they'd come and decimate the crow population I'd be a happy tortoise Mum ;)

Crow's and seagulls are a right pain around here, mind you it doesn't help with the lady next door feeding them. :huh: 



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Posted 16 February 2017 - 04:34 PM

Crow's and seagulls are a right pain around here, mind you it doesn't help with the lady next door feeding them. :huh:


Gordon Bennet that's as daft as feeding rats!




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