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Vermiculite In Indoor Enclosure

03 August 2013 - 12:27 PM



Can anyone tell me whether I can mix some vermiculite in with sand and topsoil in an indoor enclosure?


I can see that vermiculite is used for hatching eggs, so presumably it isn't harmful?


I just want to make the enclosure a bit lighter so I can adjust it's position if I need to.


Your advice would be appreciated, as always.

Should I Give Him Up?

18 June 2013 - 05:35 PM

Sorry if this is a bit rambling, but you may need all the circumstances before you can offer me advice...


We've had Osker 40+ years. He's been an indoor tortoise, with the full run of the house. He doesn't have an indoor enclosure, but does go in the garden sometimes where he has a heavy mesh moveable 4' x 2'  'cover' so he can't wander away.


He lives at Mum's house, but she's in her 80's now and can't tidy up his messes. I visit every day to look after Mum and can make sure he's fed etc and clean up after him, but it's getting to be more of a problem.


He really needs an indoor run, but it's not really practical, because Mum uses a frame to get around herself and I have to keep clutter and floors as clear as possible so she doesn't have a trip or anything, so there just isn't room.


I look at various postings where you've built lovely enclosures and feel really guilty that we may be neglecting Osker. Mum is always worried that she hasn't fed him and has said that maybe she ought to give him away.


I'm coming to the same conclusion.


I know someone who has a couple of torts and who may be able to give him a new home, but theirs live outside permanently. Do you think that Osker would be able to make the transition from being an indoor tort to an outside one after so many years, or would that be too dangerous?


Your advice would be welcomed.





Post Hibernation Poo

26 April 2013 - 05:06 PM

Can anyone offer any advice?


Osker came out of hibernation 2 weeks ago. He's had a couple of baths and is eating and drinking, but there's nothing coming out (if you know what I mean).


I know it's really important to get him 'going', but can anyone offer any suggestions on what I can do to encourage him?


Many thanks