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#67324 Thanks To Everyone!

Posted by mildredsmam on 29 January 2017 - 03:26 AM

Hi all, just wanted to say a huge thanks to everyone who has offered their expert advice, guidance and support on here, my Darwin successfully went through his first hibernation (10 weeks) only losing 1 gram after his wind down from start at 617grams to finish at 616grams, I followed advice from you guys despite my nerves and it paid off, he was eating and drinking just 2 hours after coming out and rambling around happily after his time in the fridge, I will keep all my hibernation notes and fortnightly weights that I gathered for next year where hopefully all being well I will have to miss him for 12 weeks (planning on increasing slowly)
Thanks again x

Hi, that's brilliant news and well done, I bet your glad to have Darwin back up. :) 

#67278 Hello

Posted by mildredsmam on 02 January 2017 - 02:41 PM

Hi Bruce,

Nice to see you back on the forum. :) 

#67265 Tank Wants To Hibernate!

Posted by mildredsmam on 30 December 2016 - 04:38 AM

Good day,
Mine is doing the same, I've turned one heat lamp off, and one uv light and she keeps tucking herself in dark corner and sleeping, not eating now either. I was doing the wind down so feeding less and lower temp. What's next stage? She is steady weight of 302. What do I hibernate her in? Soil? Sreadded newspaper? Many thanks

Hi Andy,

How long have you been doing the wind down and when was she last fed, I hibernate mine in soil newspaper would be too drying for them, do you have some where in mind to hibernate her. :) 

#67264 Our First Winter Together!

Posted by mildredsmam on 30 December 2016 - 04:29 AM

Hello all!
I'm a new proud Hermanns owner and this will be our first winter with our 3 year old friend!
She is kept on a 5x3 tortoise table, which we keep in our detatched, unheated, brick built garage. This allows us to give our new family member a bigger living area than if we had it in the house.
All temperature and lighting requirements are met in the daytime, and I have a ceramic heater for night time heating.
My issue is - now that the temperatures are starting to plummet here in the UK, my ceramic heater is now struggling to keep up the ambiant temp overnight.
I have considered making a smaller, 'mobile home' complete with substrate, that I could bring into the house every night (for consistency) during the two worst winter months - but I thought I would bring that idea to this forum first for advice!
Many thanks in advance.

Hi Dan, welcome to the forum. :) 

I think you will struggle with temps at this time of year in an unheated garage, do you know how low the temps are getting in there at the minute with this cold weather, you could take her in on a night but it might be a little confusing for her with the different temps as your house over night would probably have higher ambient temps than she's having through the day, tortoises don't like change even different enclosures, it might be a better idea to make her a smaller enclosure indoors just for the next couple of months and then re-think things, or you could add an oil filled radiator on a thermostat in the garage to keep the temps up over night. :) 

#67255 Tank Wants To Hibernate!

Posted by mildredsmam on 23 December 2016 - 03:01 AM

Morning, i would still wake him up and bath him and offer him food even if he doesn't stay up long, have you checked the temps in your table lately and has the table plenty of light. :) 

#67235 Just Finished Tortoise Table Build. Feed Back Would Be Nice

Posted by mildredsmam on 10 December 2016 - 11:36 AM

Hi Darren, welcome to the forum.

The table looks great, is it for a hatchling, the only thing i would say is if you can i would take out the sleeping area as these are not needed and it would give the tortoise more space. x

#67218 Ive Got A Sleepy Tort!

Posted by mildredsmam on 04 December 2016 - 03:27 AM

Hi Everyone, 


My tortoise (tank) has dug down and buried himself in the topsoil, he has been there for two day. I bathed him on Sunday and he was awake and walking about when i left him. Where he has buried himself is under the heat lamp which is 30-32.3 degrees and 17-20 in the other part of his enclosure. Both the Lights come on at 7.30 - 7 so a good 11 Hours and a half of light.


I know he has not moved because the food that we put down is not being eaten, I've moved him up to my mums house till we move into our new house, so i think that it maybe that? or do you think his wanting to hibernate? 


I am going to check on him tomorrow morning and if his still buried ill take a picture and upload it, then ill be mean bath him.


Any advice would be lovely, 


Thanks in advance,




Hi Joe,

Sorry for the late reply, you would be best waking your tortoise daily and bathing and feeding him as under the heat lamp is not the best place for him to dig down, other than this you still have time to hibernate him if you would like. x

#67217 Seeds

Posted by mildredsmam on 04 December 2016 - 03:18 AM

Hi, you can seed an outside tortoise enclosure this is what i do, or even a patch in the garden, if your talking about an indoor enclosure them i don't think it would work and any seedlings that did pop through the tortoise would probably eat straight away. x

#67111 New Owner

Posted by mildredsmam on 12 November 2016 - 06:43 AM

Good day, hope you all well, I weighed her again today, and she is 320g so lost 15g in 3 days since she's been in table rather than viv, also the old owners fed her on Komodo tortoise diet pellets and I have only fed fee leafs since I've had her, is this all ok? Maybe due to more exercise? More suitable food?


Morning Andy,

Sorry I've just seen this, the little weight loss could be due to been a little stressed with the change, just keep an eye on her weight I only weigh mine once a month, those pellets are awful and could be why she's so big as they seem to gain weight faster with these, your doing right just feeding her the leafs. x

#67110 Newly Brought Tortoise

Posted by mildredsmam on 12 November 2016 - 06:32 AM

I am staying in kuwait and we brought 4 years old tortoise last week. We are confuse how to take care so require forum help for it to get answer for following questions.
Kuwait climate is extreme but indoor climate can be controlled thru centralize ac and heater
1) what is ideal room temperature for tortoise for indoor ?
2) Can tortoise move in room on floor or Do it require keep him in wooden table
3) what type of light and heat will be ideal ?
4) He is constantly sleeping and not much active is that normal or it is matter of worries?
5) enclosing photo to confirm that it is hermann tortoise

Hi, welcome to the forum.

It's not good to have a tortoise just walking around on the floor they do require a wooden table filled with soil and a heat lamp, they also need uv when indoors you can bulbs that do both heat and uv together or have separate ones, if he has no heat at the minute then he will constantly sleep and not be active he also wont eat, tortoises must have heat when indoors to warm them up through the day on a night their fine with no heat at all, if you don't have a heat lamp on him then you need one asap, hope that helps. x

#67087 Confused Newbie.

Posted by mildredsmam on 10 November 2016 - 02:20 PM

Hi Vicky welcome to the forum.

Some times the combined bulbs do flicker, have you tried the bulb again, i dont use the Arcadia bulbs i use the Mega-ray bulbs i've used these for some time now and do find them good i've had no problems with them at all here you go   http://www.megaray.c...b016572707a8dfb

To try the light fitting you could just buy a house hold spot bulb there only a pound or two and try one of these in the fitting that way you'll know if it's the fitting or the bulb, if it is the bulb you could leave the spot bulb in for heat until your new bulb arrives hope that helps. x

#67048 New Owner

Posted by mildredsmam on 08 November 2016 - 03:42 AM

Hi Andy,

If she was older than 2 you would still give the same care it's the same for hatchlings up to adults, as said she is big for her age i have some here about that age that weigh about 80/100g you can slow her weight gain down given the right food and the right amount, lettuce and cucumber are ok as a one off feed but you would be better feeding weeds and plants some Florett crispy salad is ok to use over winter when weeds are hard to find but at the minute there's still quite a few about, this might be helpful on diet   http://www.tortsmad.com/diet.htm

It's not too late to hibernate if you feel ready for that my little ones will go into hibernation at the end of next month for 8 weeks.

Just to add the tables looking great loads better than a vivarium, I wouldn't plant any edible plants in or she'll just eat them in my tables I have Carex grass planted it lasts quite some time and they like to dig down under it on a night. x

#66963 Help... Tortoise Weight Advice Needed

Posted by mildredsmam on 30 October 2016 - 04:50 AM

Thanks for the reply, I had wondered about that from reading other posts but just got a bit stressed as I wasn't sure if the shell density thing of captive vs wild would make captive heavier or lighter.
Is there any tool out there for checking safe weights for captive tortoises prior to hibernating? Or do we just need to trust our judgements on them appearing healthy?
Thanks again,

Hi Vic,

I've never used any chart with my tortoises I think over time you get to know your tortoise and keep your own records through the year also through hibernation, I've never had a problem with hibernation, but if there ever was a time I thought one of them was unwell through the year at any point then I wouldn't hibernate. x

#66962 How Long Should I Hibernate For?

Posted by mildredsmam on 30 October 2016 - 04:32 AM

Hi all,

I was wondering what duration I should be looking at for my tortoises first hibernation, I have had him 3 years but always chickened out of hibernating and chose to overwinter indoors instead.
He is 6 years old and captive bred, I have had him 3 years and would imagine he probably has never done this before, I have checked his weight, length etc and he is bang on perfect looking at Jacksons ratio, he started his wind down a couple of days ago so planning if all goes well to have him in fridge in 3 weeks time, everything regarding the fridge is set up ready, obviously I will be monitoring his weight weekly throughout and presuming I don't need to bring him out due to too much weight loss or other problem, how many weeks should I be aiming for on his first hibernation?


Hi, with any hibernation the minimum you want to hibernate is 8 weeks any less isn't beneficial really, with this been the first hibernation all been well you could hibernate for 8/10 weeks.

I would set your fridge up well before hand I normally run mine for a couple of weeks to give the temps time to settle, I add bottles of water to help keep the temperature stable hope that helps. x

#66952 Chalk Lumps Vs And Limestone Flour

Posted by mildredsmam on 28 October 2016 - 05:52 AM

Hi Sabina

I use Nekton Msa, but I do also have lumps of chalk in all my set ups, to be truthful I've never seen the little ones touch it, one or two of my adult females have it after they've laid eggs but that's it really. x