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#68568 Is My Tortoise Too Small?

Posted by pompeypoole on 11 September 2018 - 05:11 PM

How old is she. Can you post picture. Do you weigh her regularly and are you confident that your scales are accurate

#68537 Family Photo

Posted by pompeypoole on 29 July 2018 - 12:44 PM

Say cheese.
Oldest from nearly 5 years old to 1 week old.
5 year 184g
4 year 143g
3 year 83g
2 year 66g
1 year 42g
1 week 13g

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#68501 Egg Laying

Posted by pompeypoole on 12 June 2018 - 06:56 PM

Couple of days ago managed to capture this pic of egg laying

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#68476 How Do You Dispose Your Substrate Used Indoors?

Posted by pompeypoole on 20 May 2018 - 08:11 PM

Same here. I have clay soil so it is a cheap way of improving it in the Borders.

#68339 Back From Hibernation

Posted by pompeypoole on 27 March 2018 - 05:42 PM

Good to have all the babies back from hibernation.
This is a 3 year 9 month old youngster. Weighing in at 106 grams.

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#67750 Photo Showing Growth Progression

Posted by pompeypoole on 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.

#67030 Some Of My Babies

Posted by pompeypoole on 06 November 2016 - 07:59 PM

I often look back at old posts and came across this one that Sue started.
Thought I would add an updated picture of this youngster.

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#66897 Yearlings Always Hungry

Posted by pompeypoole on 17 October 2016 - 07:37 PM

The weight of your hatchlings is fine for their age. However I think the amount of food your are feeding is way too much. I suspect that you will soon see more weight gain. Weigh them weekly and adjust the amount accordingly.
In my experience they are programmed to eat, as in the wild they never know when they will have the opportunity again. It's down to us as owners to make sure they don't overeat. I think that it is best if they are slightly hungry as opposed to well fed. I guess this is my opinion.
On occasion feed less palettable food and if they are hungry they will eat.

#66840 Yearling Hibernation

Posted by pompeypoole on 22 September 2016 - 09:20 PM

My experience,
1) I use topsoil and the fridge method for my hatchlings. Works really well.
2) I don't get too hung up on frequency of weighing. Weekly. You can weigh them whilst they are deep in hibernation. They will not wake until the sense temperature rising. You can always weigh them in the tub with the tortoise in. I like to weigh the hatchling itself as you can also do a quick check to see if it as passed anything.
3) they should not loose much weight at all. It does depend on there weight at start of hibernation. Passing urine is not good, you will need to wake it.

Pre hibernation wind down is also important. Have a read of the information on Sue's Web site, lots of useful information.

#66767 Table/lights Help!

Posted by pompeypoole on 11 August 2016 - 07:15 PM

Until they are big enough I add limestone chippings into a terracotta dish and fill with water. This way they can walk in and out without fear of drowning. When the are bigger just remove the chippings.
Make sure that the dish is away from the sides. They tend to climb and you don't want him to fall on his back.

#66752 Table/lights Help!

Posted by pompeypoole on 10 August 2016 - 05:42 PM

You are doing the right thing in changing through substrate. I use top soil from Wickes. It is clean and cheap. I would line the base of your table top. I use a corregated plastic sheet that bend well and allows me to use the damp soil. I keep the soil damp and allow the top to dry out so the hatchlings aren't on consistently wet soil.
You can over water his bowl or water from the side. Experience will soon tell you how muchness water to use.
I wouldn't have the hide as you want to try and encourage him to dig down. I found that using hide will just result in them hiding but not digging. You may have a different experience.
I go weeds from seeds and plant them in the soil. They don't last long though. Plaintain is a good weed to grow. If you hatchling is bigger try using a small plant pot some he can only get to the bottom of the leafs. You don't want to overfeed.
Put the basking spot at one end in the middle. Remember to set the right height to get a temp approx 31.5 degrees C.
I am sure you will get more feedback shortly from other members.
Looking forward to seeing finished photos.

#66601 Honey's Hatchlings

Posted by pompeypoole on 11 July 2016 - 06:56 PM

Yes, so far I have kept all my hatchlings. They are taking over. My wife is very tolerant at the moment. I have a large garden and room to expand for more hatchling. Oldest hatchlings are now 3 years old. I know at some point I will have to part with some of them.
I am often asked by family and friends for one but am very reluctant as not convinced they will do the neccessary research or have the long term commitment.
I will need to make some decisions in the future but for now I am just enjoying them.

#66318 Eggs - First Of The Year

Posted by pompeypoole on 13 May 2016 - 04:45 PM

Thought I would share this pic. 4 eggs laid today. The mother was acting gravid yesterday and somehow knew she was going to lay today. Total weight of 64g which is heavier than usual.

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#66115 Slow Worm Pics

Posted by pompeypoole on 14 April 2016 - 06:49 PM

I think this is an adult female. Males tend to slightly darker. They give birth to live young at the end of summer. I have seen the odd baby but they a tinny and fast. Hard to capture on camera. They are attracted to heat. So a compost heap is ideal.

#66102 Tortoise Missing For 8 Months Found

Posted by pompeypoole on 13 April 2016 - 05:30 PM

He is a hermann. He managed to work his way up a corner of his pen. It was a temporary pen as I had recently moved. He now has a permanent pen with a sheltered and heated area. No way of escape. Remember to keep any plants or obstacles away from any border.
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