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henrybevan

Member Since 25 Aug 2012
Offline Last Active Sep 11 2012 10:11 PM
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Help!

26 August 2012 - 07:51 AM

I have a 1 year old Hermanns who appears to be in excellent health but I have been given so much conflicting advice on heating, vivariums and diet that I have been reduced to a quivering wreck and have taken to cutting my hair off in the shower whilst sobbing uncontrollably. Not really, but I could if I wanted to. This is Leonardo's set-up:

3' by 1' vivarium, heatlamp on one end set at 84 degrees Farenheit 24/7 (guy who sold us Leo stressed emphatically that the temp should not change, as the fluctuations would cause digestion problems)

90cm uv lamp, on for about 14 hours per day, hanging on the back of the viv about 15cm above bark chippings.

A water bowl inside at all times (thinking of taking this out and just bathing him every two days instead ...

We feed him a variety of dandelion leaves, rocket, baby gem lettuce, dried mixed food, rose petals and rarely tomatoes, strawberries and carrot shavings.

He has an adorable little green house I made him using cardboard and papier mache which is filled with anti-dust hay.

We take him out every two days or so and bathe him and let him wander around the garden. He usually eats some wild weeds then tries to burrow away from the sun, which I thought was a little odd.

He used to scratch and bump at the glass in his viv but now when he's not lying still in a shady spot near his heat lamp, he's taken to scrabbling around behind his house at the far end of the viv (away from the heat lamp).

I should hate to think we're doing anything wrong as he is an irreplaceable part of our family but seeing as people have been telling me not to use a viv, glass or dried food and others have been refuting this, I am not at all sure what to do. At the moment he looks healthy and happy. In as much as one can say that a tortoise looks happy; I have never actually seen him smile, let alone heard him laugh or sing.

Thanks for you help and I look forward to your replies! Let them be manifest, yet succinct.

Henry