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In Topic: Early Signs Of Pyramiding?

11 April 2015 - 04:08 PM

Thanks Sue, all very useful information. He's not microchipped yet, as we were recommended to do that once he was older, but I will certainly look at getting his papers changed. 

In Topic: Early Signs Of Pyramiding?

11 April 2015 - 03:36 PM

HI everyone, 


Again, thank you for all the useful information . I have taken the advise of deepening his substrate, and keeping it damp at all times. I think this is the likely source of the problem - I've done lots of research into his diet and (although I am feeding him less that before) I suspect it is more likely to be associated with humidity, because having read information on all these responses, I think that is where I have definitely been going wrong so far. 


I'll continue to weigh him though, can't hurt. 


Sue, regarding the breed - that does come as a big surprise! My partner bought him for me from a breeder and he did come with a certificate, which I've double checked now and it definitely states that he is a "testudo hermanni", common name "Hermanns Tortoise" !


In reality I don't mind what breed he is, much like you Vikki, although it would be useful to know if this effects how I should be caring for him? Vikki - I will message you separately with the details of where he came from. 


Many thanks for all the help!

In Topic: Early Signs Of Pyramiding?

10 April 2015 - 02:10 PM

Thank you everyone, this is all really useful. The enclosure is lined with a pond liner, so watering the edges sounds like a really good idea, I will do that.


...and he's on a diet!

In Topic: Early Signs Of Pyramiding?

10 April 2015 - 11:09 AM

I've attached a picture of his enclosure, and his plastron here (I've discovered that he does NOT like being turned on his back !!)


Any thoughts?


Many thanks! We love him very much, so anything you can offer as help is much appreciated. 


Will he recover from his early pyramiding if we can change whatever is causing it? 



In Topic: Early Signs Of Pyramiding?

10 April 2015 - 11:03 AM

Thanks for getting back to me both - worried to hear that he is showing signs but will do whatever it takes to make it right.


I feed him once a day, usually a few leaves, and he normally eats what I put in within 1/2 hour. He would definitely eat more if I put it in, he's very greedy. 


He weighs 65g, and is growing quickly. Should I not be feeding him every day? I hear so much conflicting advice!


Temps wise, he has a heat lamp that keeps the spot underneath at around 30 - 35 degrees. The rest of the enclosure is at room temperature, and he has two boxes to hide under. I've just switched from a normal UV lamp to an Arcadia Mercury UVB UVA lamp. 


I'm not sure about humidity. Is there a way to monitor this?


He does dig down at night, usually in one of his houses. The substrate is quite dry, but today I've started to wet it using a spray bottle. Is this the right course of action?


Sorry to pick your brains so much, I'm a new owner and want to get it right!


Many, many thanks both,