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#1 den2908

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Posted 05 March 2018 - 06:42 PM

Hi, 

 

I haven't been on here for a few years as everything has been going smoothly but I'd really appreciate some advice please. 

 

I have two female Hermanns now aged 7, Daphne and Mabel. I have been hibernating them since they were 1 years old without any problems. They are hibernated in a fridge and the temperatures stay very constant. However, this year we had a series of power cuts  about a month ago  which seemed to effect Mabel. Since then she has been very restless and moving around a great deal - but eyes closed and seemingly still in hibernation. 

 

I opened the fridge for air yesterday and was greeted by a very awake Mabel trying to make her way out of the box. Temperatures were still cold inside the fridge - approx 5 degrees. The other tort remains fast asleep. 

 

I got her up, bathed her and put her under the lamps. There seem to be hardly any weeds around at the moment because of the cold temperatures so any advice on what to feed her in the short term would be great. I gave her some lambs lettuce out of a salad bag when she first came out - which she wolfed down but I'm not sure if these particularly suitable? Any suggestions for short term feeding would be gratefully received. 

 

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Posted 05 March 2018 - 06:52 PM

Hi Denise
I read on the forum thay the Florette Crispy Salad can do the job for a temporary time. Sue and/or Karen can confirm.

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Posted 05 March 2018 - 07:24 PM

Hi, Denise, nice to see you back on the forum; hope all's well with you.

Yes, lamb's lettuce is an excellent tortoise food; have a look at this link:

 

http://www.thetortoi...=8#.Wp2YIZPFL1w

 

They sell it in the bigger stores of Sainsburys and Tescos for about £1 a bag.

I always give it to Harry when he emerges from hibernation, along with a small portion of cucumber to help hydrate him.

As Sabina says, florette crispy lettuce can be fed temporarily too.

 

Keep us informed of Daphne and Mabel's progress  :thumbup:

 

 



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Posted 05 March 2018 - 08:02 PM

Agree with Graham and Sabina. Florette Crispy is fine for a short time. It’s not so fibrous as naturally grown stuff from the garden, but contents wise there’s nothing in there that is harmful or overloaded with oxalic acid. Avoid anything from the cabbage family, including spinach, broccoli, cauliflower etc. A little kale is ok, as it watercress (the genuine broad leaved type grown under water, not the little boxes). Good luck.

#5 den2908

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Posted 05 March 2018 - 11:27 PM

Hi, 

Thank you all so much for the advice - very helpful. 

 

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Posted 05 March 2018 - 11:47 PM

NO problem, good luck with the little ones.




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