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#1 mildredsmam


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Posted 17 December 2019 - 01:51 AM

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Top ten tips for happy tortoises.
1.    SOIL substrate,  a digging animal  needs to dig!
2    a shallow,but large WATER  tray.   Don’t make them squeeze into small tray or god forbid drinking from a bowl that they can’t sit in.
3    feed what MOTHER NATURE designed them to eat,  edible wild plants, flowers and CALCIUM.   Not supermarket produce, even  if from marks and Spencer!
4    Natural  unfiltered SUNLIGHT  is the best you can get and it’s free.  Helps create and keep strong bones.
5   SPACE to live rather than just exist.  exercise also grows strong bones, these animals are not lazy, they are natural roamers. Lazy people make lazy tortoises!
6.   WINTER SLEEP.  If they are a species that nature designed to sleep through winter then they should do so.   Some humans know better than evolution or think they do!   
7.    Provide supplementary HEAT.  Reptiles are cold blooded and need heat for normal life activity. This is the UK and they  do not live wild in the Uk for a reason. Use the  bulbs to lengthen the day and lengthen the summer season.  Don’t use them instead of the sun or the cloudy warm days.
8.  If you want to spend money on yr tortoise, buy a GREENHOUSE.  The absolute best way to keep a tortoise in the Uk climate.  Gardeners caught onto their uses year ago,  high time the tortoise community did.   They provide a mini microclimate for them.   If I were in law changing position,  it would be law to purchase a greenhouse when you acquired a tortoise!
9.   Fill you garden with edibles plants.  Create an environment where the tortoise can THRIVE rather than just exists.  Finding its own food and trying safe new things.  An interesting environment makes an interesting tortoise.   Plantswill also be used for digging into, ie,  low bushes for thermoregulation. 
10.  Find yourself a qualified exotics vet.  Travel for appointments with them if you have to.  They are WORTH THE KNOWLEDGE.

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