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Harriet

Member Since 04 Jun 2012
Offline Last Active Sep 08 2013 08:29 PM
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In Topic: Harriet Has Stopped Eating And Is Losing Weight

08 September 2013 - 08:29 PM

Hi there,

 

 

No this year she has not been out in the front garden personal factors with us being in France all summer and my daughter not being able to supervise Harriet if she was outside we have cats in our neighbours and we have seen a rat, gone now so this year she has been in a large table 6' x 3' with topsoil as substrate as advised on here she has been bathed every day here front nails are normal and we've not gone for having here rear nails clipped as it was not advised by our reptile vet.  She does feed from a grit stone slab which might account for her front nails being normal.

 

She is not an outdoor tortoise yet were in the process of trying to figure out how to do this but even so we could not provide heating she would only be out during the summer but wherever she goes in the garden would have to be protected, so we're not sure about her going outside so she could be given the run of the house but at the moment she is two small and accidents could happen so she remains table bound for now.

 

Her shell does not have any deformities again the vet has verified this so I’m not sure what you are seeing.

 

Anyway still not eating so beginning to get her ready for hibernation and will be ready for her coming out either later this year or very early next year, although we are worried.

 

Look forward to any further information.

 

Tim.


In Topic: Harriet Has Stopped Eating And Is Losing Weight

08 September 2013 - 10:47 AM

Hi there,

 

Picture of Harriet.

 

Tim.


In Topic: Harriet Has Stopped Eating And Is Losing Weight

08 September 2013 - 10:15 AM

Hi there,

 

Yes that is her but that was taken two years ago will post a picture shortly.

 

 

Tim.


In Topic: Harriet Has Stopped Eating And Is Losing Weight

07 September 2013 - 04:15 PM

Hi there,

 

That's our Harriet only slightly cleaner, I'll try and post a picture late.

 

I found this link which gave me a rough idea of where her weight could be, http://www.shelledwa...ead.php?t=37686

 

Anyway guess I'm on countdown to hibernation and she'll be up much earlier next year, I am so please I've kept constant records of her weight and hibernation times I'd have been lost without them, another great idea from the forum.

 

Again many thanks, Tim.


In Topic: Harriet Has Stopped Eating And Is Losing Weight

07 September 2013 - 12:30 PM

Hi there,

 

Well she is still refusing food even her favourite which is odd she came out of hibernation quite late this year which makes this type of behaviour a little odd and worrying, she can be under a 100 watt spot with high temps and her enclosed den is 18  plus degrees and the house is currently 20 degrees.  But she keeps heading for her den with a steady temp of 18 degrees.  Of course we've had a sudden temperature drop but this started way before this sudden temperature change.

 

Her weight is currently 239 grams and her length is 101 millimetres she came out of the fridge as I've said in late March at 179 grams so she has eaten well and no her shell is fine and she is now 5 years old not sure if she is the right weight for her size?  Yes I know I've used the Jackson guide which is not the right one but there are some comparison guides of other owners of Horsefield's on the web and she is probably overweight at the moment but she won't be by the time she goes in the fridge.

 

She has normally wound down and gone into the fridge in late November except her first hibernation which meant she went in at the middle of December.

 

So it looks like I should clear the food and start her off on a hibernation preparation, just seems so odd to be doing this so early.

 

Anyway time to get the fridge on.

 

Any other ideas would be helpful but it does seem she is deciding to hibernate early.

 

Many thanks everyone, Tim.