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Member Since 23 Dec 2014
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In Topic: Half A Century!

19 September 2017 - 07:29 PM

He looks good for another 50 years

In Topic: Photobucket

02 July 2017 - 03:33 PM

Same here. I thought it was just me. I did go to the Web address but it wants you to log in or create a new account. It look suspect so didn't go any further.

In Topic: Photo Showing Growth Progression

01 July 2017 - 07:48 PM

Yes I do try and feed the same amount throughout the year. Their diet does very depending on what is seasonal available. This time of year I include flowers, for example today they had white clover flowers. I picked them from my front law before I moed it this afternoon.
They love to eat dandelion and milk thistle, but I have to restict it and only feed occasionally.
I feed Plaintain more frequently as it is has more fibre content, less protein. They will eat it but it is not some thing they will fight over.
show them a dandelion flower and their eyes seam to light up and will climb over each other to get at it.
Also feed rose leaves this week, again not to keen on these but I try to vary their diet as best I can.
Occasionally feed the stalks of thistle and they love to tear small strips off.
if I notice quick weight gain I tend to feed less favourable food. If they are truly hungry they will eat.
My experience is they will eat themselves 'fat' if you let them.
I use Nekton-MSA with every feed.
hope you find this useful.

In Topic: Photo Showing Growth Progression

01 July 2017 - 10:49 AM

Yes they are THB. They are typically 12g on hatching, but smallest I have had once is 6g.
The older hatchlings live at the back of my old garage where there is continuous glass along the width and where i have built a lare table top. The middle section I can remove so that they have access to natural UV. The smaller hatchlings live in an indoor table top. It is not exactly attractive but it does the job.
I fridge hibernate all my hatchlings in their first winter, unless I feel they are too small. I have hibernated hatchlings at 19g without any weight loss.
I weigh all my hatchlings every week and keep a record. One thing I have noticed is that last year's Hatchlings are putting on more weight than I would expect based on previous years. My suspicion is that now they are mixing with the older hatchlings they have access to more food. Something I may need to address by feeding separately.
I had plans to build a permanent outside enclosure this year for the 3 and 4 year olds, but I am about to have some major work done. New garage built and surrounding garden area developed.
this is now on hold until next year.
glad you liked the photos.

In Topic: A Little Advice Needed Please

04 June 2017 - 05:42 PM

I use top soil and it works well as a substrate. In areas where they sleep I mix with coco coir. The coir helps retain moisture and stops the top soil from binding together. It is much easier for them to dig into.

In the first picture there are 6 tortoises sleeping. Age between nearly 3 and 4 years of age.

Second picture shows where I have brushed aside some of the substrate revealing one of the tortoises.