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#62723 Flipped Over

Posted by mildredsmam on 19 January 2015 - 04:44 PM

Hi, here's some hatchling pictures, but these are horsfields. :)




#62351 Happy Birthday Scutchings 789

Posted by mildredsmam on 04 January 2015 - 05:50 AM

:HappyBirthday1: Have a lovely day. x

#62350 Tortoise Newbie... Hope We Are Doing It Right!

Posted by mildredsmam on 04 January 2015 - 05:44 AM

Hi sorry I didn't have a lot of time yesterday to answer your questions. :)

Did you have a read through the care sheet I gave you the link too, there can be a lot of rubbish information out there regarding tortoise care and also a lot of good information, this care sheet will give you a good guide as to what's good, the best way to start thinking of tortoise care is what they would have in nature, and try to replace this in this best way we can, you will have a lot happier tortoise with making just a few changes, as already said the diet needs to be natural no dried food at all, and your tort would do a lot better on a soil substrate, you just need topsoil which you can get from any garden centre, the beech chip substrate is no good for them and they don't need any form of straw bedding as this will do more harm than good. :)

You might also want to start thinking about an outside enclosure for him/her as this will be very beneficial for you tort through the warmer months, hope that helps a little. :)

I also look forward to seeing pictures of your new addition. :)

#62229 Newby Advice Please

Posted by mildredsmam on 29 December 2014 - 02:14 PM

Hi Jon&Rach, welcome to the forum. :)

Tortoises really don't like change, and can take some time to settle into a new enclosure, they can also not eat at first, this is fine as long as you give her regular baths to keep her hydrated, is the tort housed in a tortoise table, and are you turning all heat and lights off on a night, I would try and change the substrate if you can to just topsoil, as the sand in the mix can irritate her eyes, and cause problems.

Sheldon is not too small to hibernate, babies in the wild hibernate from there 1st year, Sue on the forum has been hibernating babies successfully for many years, this year though you just need to give her time to settle in, hibernation is maybe some thing you could think about next winter. :)

#62178 New Outdoor Enclosure 2015! Help Please!

Posted by mildredsmam on 18 December 2014 - 07:51 AM

Hi Jay,

I don't think mice would be too much of a problem, but things like rats and foxes are and if you have a risk of these getting into your garden then the main thing you need to think about is that the enclosure is predator proof, at all times.

A small brick wall will work fine for the enclosure, mine has this and works well, you would need to make sure the area you choose has good drainage for when the weather isn't as good, none of the out side area needs covering due to bad weather just against predators, you will be surprised how torts still go outside when the weathers dull or raining, as long as they have some form of sheltered area to go to if they choose too, the kennel area that your adding a heat lamp in should work fine but will need the height to hold a lamp, you wont need any additional heating on a night through the summer as the temps are high enough, you will only need the heat lamp on through the day on really cool days, and just as an when needed, is this enclosure just going to be used for the summer months. :)  

#61651 Alternative To Nutrobal

Posted by mildredsmam on 29 August 2014 - 07:04 AM

I do the same, I advise all my hatchlings new owners to use nekton msa, quite a few haven't heard of it, they seem to hear about nutrobal but not the nekton. :)

#61350 Starting My Research

Posted by mildredsmam on 11 August 2014 - 04:12 PM

Welcome to the forum, I'm a new member too :) It's great you're researching before the commitment, many owners think they have the suitable set-ups after pet-shops and alike have told them so, what species of tortoise were you thinking of getting? Hermanns and Horsfield's are a popular choice. Every Tortoise owner I know has totally fallen in love with having a tortoise, and becomes totally obsessed about providing the best husbandry, like me. 


You'll find loads of great advice on here, best of luck and keep us updated :) Another tortoise forum which might have some useful information is Shelled Warriors, the SW forum did crash recently, but I believe the bug has been mended, so it might be useful to go on that too   :)

Hi Olly,

please don't take this the wrong way :)  but I would appreciate other forums not been promoted on ours thanks ;)

#61273 Hello! :)

Posted by mildredsmam on 08 August 2014 - 10:10 AM

Hi Olly,

welcome to the forum. :)

Horsfield tortoises are lovely, I look forward to seeing pictures of Flo, and hearing more about her. :)

#60962 Incubating Eggs!

Posted by mildredsmam on 06 June 2014 - 04:52 AM

Yes fingers crossed cant wait so exciting :)
Thanks sue

Hi Matt, hopefully you'll get fertile eggs, I've been lucky and had fertile eggs from some females 1st eggs, best of luck with them. :)

#60690 Hi Everyone

Posted by mildredsmam on 27 April 2014 - 07:11 AM

Hi Jo,

It's best to ask all these questions before you get your tort, it's good to see your doing all your research first. :)

I agree with Sue with some combined bulbs they need to be a little higher and you can't always archive this in a cage set up.

For your outside set up you could just have a basking lamp, with out some thing for back ground heat, I use a heater for back ground heat but it's mainly for the front and back end of the year when the temps can drop really low out side, if you have a look through our outside enclosures section you might get some ideas how other members have set there's up. :)

#60687 Hi Everyone

Posted by mildredsmam on 26 April 2014 - 09:13 PM

Hi Jo, welcome to the forum. :)

#60671 Building An Outdoor Enclosure And Need Help

Posted by mildredsmam on 26 April 2014 - 03:14 PM

and some of my outside, not very sunny today but some torts where out. :)









#59377 Hibernation Tortoise Not Moving

Posted by mildredsmam on 04 November 2013 - 12:20 PM

hi they do normally move when you touch them by pulling their leg in a little, the movement is only slow.

does her eyes look sunk in at all.

are you sure she hasn't moved, if she was mine and was totally limp and lifeless I would take her out and leave her in room temperature.

hopefully sue ( wizzasmum ) will be on soon who will be able to help more. x

#59376 Foxjo, Newbie

Posted by mildredsmam on 04 November 2013 - 11:50 AM

hi :welcome:  to the forum.

#59158 Just Wanted To Share My Latest Pics....

Posted by mildredsmam on 21 October 2013 - 01:26 AM

lovely photo's shaz. :)