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#67635 New Outdoor Enclosure To Shanti And Namaste

Posted by mildredsmam on 04 June 2017 - 04:20 AM

Hi Sabina, that's brilliant i love it, a lot of work has gone into it well done lucky torts. :) 

#67595 Some Advice Would Be Appreciated

Posted by mildredsmam on 30 May 2017 - 03:54 PM

I think in recent years many people have become much more aware of the requirements of animals. Yes some keep their tortoises indoors on artificially lit tables, but I know if I was to do that with mine they would spend all their time pacing and trying to escape, being accustomed to having the whole garden to roam. People will always do things differently, some still keep fish in bowls, others still think it's ok to keep rabbits in hutches and zoos keep elephants in minute areas for their size. I guess I might go a bit over the top with what I think is right, I just think we should do what is best for them and not us. I've not seen the tortoise trust advise keeping them indoors though, other than for tiny ones. There may be outdoor enclosures with no heat, but it won't work long term I'm afraid, that's why there are no populations of wild torts in the uk. They need a body temp of 30 degrees to digest food properly, so even though they will still eat, they won't be optimising that food unless they can reach the correct core temps. Yes, it's fine to keep them on tables while small, but if when they start to grow, there's still no option to have heated area outdoors, then it's possibly not the right choice. It's pretty easy to wire up somewhere outdoors if you use pond wire and if you encase it in plastic conduit. It can be done either underground or above.

Your advice is never over the top just the best advice you can give, we've seen first hand with some re-homer's how bad their shell etc can get from the wrong advice. :) 

#67594 Hi All

Posted by mildredsmam on 30 May 2017 - 03:51 PM

iv just adopted two males and know nothing about them lol.. 


hope to find out as much as i can from here




Hi I would just like to say welcome to the forum. :) 

You'll find all the advice on care and diet here so any questions just ask there's always someone around happy to help, you've already had some great advice. :) 

#67573 General Shell Health

Posted by mildredsmam on 28 May 2017 - 02:50 AM

They both look great Kate, i would say just keep doing what your doing plenty of time outside and a good diet. :) 

#67567 General Shell Health

Posted by mildredsmam on 27 May 2017 - 03:45 AM

Hi Kate,

They look fine in the picture, you could add some more pictures of the shell with one from the side so we could look better at them but their weights seem as though they've grown nice and slow which is what you want, they do get used to the hand that feeds them so will come over to you when your around as they think it's food time, do they have an outside enclosure at all. :) 

#67541 A Little Advice For A Newbie

Posted by mildredsmam on 21 May 2017 - 06:11 AM

Hi MIke,

Yes tortoises will just eat and eat i would still feed her every day just once a day for a tortoise this size a good size leaf will do you can give different leaves each day to give variety also you could add the odd flower in as well, it's good to hear she's settled in a bit they do come round but can take some time, if your just moving her table outside for her to get some sun it will be fine doing that straight away as much as possible you can't beat natural sun light, 7g is a little too much to gain but they do have the odd month that they gain a little more just keep weighing her every month and keep a record of the weight gain, also on her shell when she has new growth the growth line only wants to be thin like a pencil line hope that helps. x

#67533 Forum Been Down

Posted by mildredsmam on 18 May 2017 - 02:38 PM

Hi,im sorry we've had a couple of problems with the forum every thing seems fine again now, please let me know if you have any problems at all thanks. x

#67523 A Little Advice For A Newbie

Posted by mildredsmam on 14 May 2017 - 02:08 AM

It's fine ask as many questions as you need too, little ones do sleep a lot the weather can make a difference to them been active or not so can things like to much heat and too little heat also light levels I find my hatchlings are so much more active outside, signs to look for that are not good are your tortoise having a runny nose or breathing with it's mouth open sort of gasping these thing need checking, also you can have a sample done for worms at the vets to rule that out at a later date but I would give her more time to settle first, if you don't mind me asking where did you get her from a breeder or pet shop, she's lovely. x

#67518 A Little Advice For A Newbie

Posted by mildredsmam on 12 May 2017 - 04:35 PM

Hi Mike, welcome to the forum.

Tortoises can take some time to settle into a new enviroment they don't really like change, when you say tank im taking it you mean a vivarium if so a tortoise table would be so much better for her, what lights are you using in the set up and is there a uv bulb in there also what substrate are you using sorry for all the questions it helps us help you.

As for diet you only want to feed her a weed diet only no fruit or veg at all and shop bought things need to be kept at a minaml these are really ok through winter when weeds are low, at the minute theres loads of different weeds about you just have to go out and find them you might have some in your garden, have you thought of making her an outdoor enclosure she will benefit so much from going out side, regarding safe weeds to feed you might find this book really helpful you can take it out with you when your looking for weeds   https://www.facebook...oisePlantsBook/as for shop bought plants you need to be careful with these as they use a lot of chemicals on them if bought they need repotting and leaving for quiet some time and then only new growth is to be fed hope that helps a bit. x

#67483 Outdoor Heat

Posted by mildredsmam on 09 April 2017 - 04:06 AM

I'm planning an outdoor enclosure with an insulated hutch/shed. Can anyone recommend a heat lamp and thermostat to use? Would I need UV too for less sunny days. I'm planning on him being outside all the time he's not hibernating.
Thanks, Anna

Hi Anna,

You will just need a ceramic holder and reflector to attach to your shed/hutch if you go for a hutch you must make sure it's high enough for the bulb to hang safely and not be a fire hazard, your bulb doesn't need to have uv just a heat bulb as they get all the uv they need from the sun even on dull days, if your planning on him been out all the time apart from hibernation then you could think about also adding a greenhouse tube heater on a thermostat to help with background temps cause at the minute the days are nice and warm but the nights are still really cold we had a good frost here yesterday morning. :)

#67475 Outdoor Housing For 8 Year Old Hermann

Posted by mildredsmam on 06 April 2017 - 02:50 AM

Hi, welcome to the forum, :) 

At Rocky's age it will be loads better for him living outside 24/7 for mine I have a heated shed this has all been insulated with heat lamps added it also has a heater on a thermostat for back ground heat to use at either end of the warmer weather, Sue uses a greenhouse for hers with a heat lamp added this also works really well, which ever way you go you will need a basking lamp for cooler days or mornings to get him going, my shed has a tunnel out so my torts can come and go as they please into a large enclosure I don't have this covered, but I do cover my babies due to the birds around here, other predators like rats need to be thought about that they can't get into the enclosure.

As for hibernation I always hibernate mine every winter unless I feel their not 100% hibernation is part of their natural life and I do try to replace that the best I can, there's different ways to hibernate one using the box method and the other using the fridge method a wind down period of no food is needed before you hibernate and also the right temperature is needed, we can go into more detail about this if you would like. :) 

#67470 New Outdoor Enclosure

Posted by mildredsmam on 03 April 2017 - 02:39 AM

I've just moved house and have a garden now so I have built an outdoor enclosure for my torts ready for summer. Can someone just check it's ok and advise regarding lights/lamps that I need to get in there?? I'm only growing tortoise friendly plants around it as I figured this will make feeding them easier! attachicon.gif1491145010206725753347.jpg

Hi, how old are your torts, I agree with the above that the sides of the cage would be better covered to stop them from seeing through, you could also add some plants to the outside part to make it more natural for your torts they'll use the plants for shade when it's too warm, as for heating you would need to have a basking bulb added to the little hut it's hard to see how big it is from the picture but it would need to be high enough to hold the heat lamp safely. :) 

#67411 Advice Needed For Major Newbie!

Posted by mildredsmam on 12 March 2017 - 05:19 AM

Hi all, my very first post here and Ive got many questions :D

I haven't got a tortoise yet but have been doing extensive research into them and have decided on a hermann.
I'd like to list all the items I will eventually get, it may be as long as next summer until I actually get everything together including the hermann, however I like to prepare well in advance :)


I've done research and decided on a tortoise table due to eharing of respiratory problems caused by viv's as well as the natural basking instinct being messed with by the overall warm insulted viv.


1: Tortoise table, 4 feet by 2 feet and 8 inches tall http://www.thetortoi...use-no-contents

2: Combined Mega Ray 100w, I thought this would be useful so he/she will ahve a basking spot and his/her UVB needs will be taken care of, do you recommend this? http://www.megaray.c...sted-p-145.html

3: Food and water bowl
4: I have heard, and want to do more research into, the fact that they like to burrow/dig a bit? Would Arcadia Earth Mix be alright? I get it for my Crested Gecko as she likes to burrow sometimes for eggs http://www.reptilece...tm#.WMROxKJBrIU
5: Plants, I've looked into the number of safe plants for tortoises and have heard some things about fake plants being a hazard if your tortoise decides to take a nibble. Luckily I have plenty of garden centres around me so that won't be a problem
6: The tortoise him/herself :D


I do hope that is everything I will need lsited above but please if I have forgotten anything please let me know! :) I want to be fully prepared and start to save. I am looking into building my own tortoise table, however, as it may be cheaper and maybe even a little bigger, however I know I need to check the wood I use isn't pine or cedar as it is toxic to them :)


Thanks for reading, super excited :D

Georgia :)

Hi Georgia, welcome to the forum. :) 

It sounds like you have every thing sorted and thought through, I agree with Sue and would use soil as a substrate but other than that your sound like you know where your going, for plants in tables I use Carex grass plants these work really well it's the only thing I've found lasts long enough, when you are ready to get your tortoise I would look for a breeder close to you instead of buying from a pet shop. :) 

#67381 Can 2 Hermann's Be Kept Together

Posted by mildredsmam on 03 March 2017 - 03:23 AM

I agree with Sue, keeping tortoises this way is not the best idea tortoises are best kept in their enclosures at all time for a number of reasons one been left to roam the house can be stressful for them, just some thing for your friend to think about if they did get another tortoise they would need to keep the new one quarantined for a year to make sure it's got no underlying problems some tortoises carry viruses that can kill other tortoises, this would mean no contact at all in the house or garden then the last thing to think about is if they will get on two males might not get on at all some do if they have plenty of space one male and one female wont work either so a lot for your friend to think about first. :) 

#67366 Tortoise Bedding

Posted by mildredsmam on 22 February 2017 - 04:59 PM

Yes saw the cushions, looks like they've had a dodgy diet haha

:lol:  it does I still like them though. :)