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#64917 Is She A Hermann?

Posted by Hellymack on 03 October 2015 - 06:53 AM

He does not bother going round the edge as so the fabric has never been a problem and it is quite smooth, i do have areals of gravel in his garden through that help to naturally keep his nails in trim

#64915 Is She A Hermann?

Posted by Hellymack on 02 October 2015 - 06:28 AM

Oh no... all aquiligia's will be removed today!

#64904 Is She A Hermann?

Posted by Hellymack on 01 October 2015 - 07:05 PM

A friend of mine found a herman male in her garden 3 years ago with similar shell colouring and also damaged by someone trying to drill a hole in his shell (this was common tortoise keeping in the 1960's) he has been aged at 90-100 years and is still going strong!! They never found his original owners and it was suspected by the vet that he had lived wild for a few years.


Your tort cannot understand fences and as she can see the outside through the gaps she will just keep trying to get out - she would benefit from you blocking the view - I have used weed block fabric to obscure the view for my tort and he does not pace or try to get out (He has a 3 feet by 18 feet run) he just enjoys his surroundings - he likes hollyhock, clematis and aquiligia's which grow in his garden along with many other tort friendly plants and weeds.


You will be having better weather than we are currently so your tort s probably not ready to think about hibernating yet but once the weather cools and the air pressure changes she will start to dig down in the soil - they are so effective at doing this that it can be really hard to find them as they sort of shimmy down and the soil covers them over - as the temperatures drop they sort of shuffle and dig down lower and lower to keep out of the really low temps and the ground temp are much more stable and that above ground

#60395 My First Hermann Today

Posted by Hellymack on 01 April 2014 - 07:15 PM

Hi Laura,


please don't do this, honestly the first month I had George I thought the same but I have been following your journey on here and you really are going to be a great tort mum, you are doing all the right things ie your not sure so you are asking, and then making things better, that is the only way we learn, please don't be disheartened - and if you send him back who knows what will happen to him then.


You really are doing a god job and tort survive much worse care, for many month and years before ending up at a good home, your little fella is lucky by having you.


I really cant imagine life without my little fella now  :)