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In Topic: Tortoise Protection Group Calendar 2018

15 November 2017 - 08:11 AM

And beautiful ones they are too Karen. Ive been to the Durrell foundation and while there are some good projects such as the ploughshare tortoise conservation, I’m not sure how many of these animals will ever be reintroduced to the wild and how many are being kept captive unnecessarily? I’m all for conservation efforts, but not if those animals are only to be kept in substandard captivity and never reintroduced to their natural habitat. On the whole, I get really upset after zoo visits, so don’t go any more. A zoo not too far from here is supposedly the best in the UK. If that’s the case, then things are not looking good. Large animals, used to roaming many miles, kept in small enclosures, showing the usual classic signs of stress, infant deaths, unwanted males culled and fed to other animals.

In Topic: Alternative Vet

13 November 2017 - 06:30 PM

Always interested to hear reports on good holistic vets. We’ve got one in the next village, Barbara Jones. She’s not got a lot of experience in Chelonia though, so I’ve never taken the chance with her. Don’t tell her though, I might need her for my dog one day lol :)

In Topic: Tank Has A Cold

13 November 2017 - 06:28 PM

Did the vet say which bugs were responsible? RNS is just a symptom, hopefully the vet did swabs first before treating and it’s just in the nares and not the lungs. Is he still eating ok?

In Topic: Mediterranean Herbs As Natural Remedies For Ill Tortoises

13 November 2017 - 03:37 PM

It’s difficult to tell, I imagine, if the therapeutic effects of herbs on tortoises systems are the same as they are on humans, given that they have different digestive systems, in that foods pass through much slower than in mammals. Tortoises such as hermanni and graeca, that live in areas rich in herbs such as thyme, oregano, rosemary etc are rarely (if ever) seen eating these herbs. That’s not to say they might have some innate instinct if they are unwell. I have one that will do anything to reach foxgloves, but the time she did manage to knock a pot over and eat a fair bit she was ill and needed flushing with water for a couple of days. It’s 15 years since that happened and despite all foxgloves now being eradicated, she’s still with us, so I guess I’ll never know if she had heart problems :)

In Topic: Tics On Tortoises

11 November 2017 - 12:49 PM

I’ve never seen them in this country on torts Alex, but was involved in removing African bont tics from a Heathrow seizure once. That was a nightmare, given the strength of leopards. Because torts are so slow and often dig into scrapes in land occupied by wild mammals they simply crawl onto them and dig into the skin where it’s less scaly such as the tops of the legs. They usually only pose health problems in large numbers. We put a tiny dab of meths on the ones at the sanctuary which often makes them release the grip then you can remove them easily with little fork shaped tweezers. You have to be careful not to leave the head in, sometimes it takes a couple of attempts. I’m not sure of a breeding season for tics, but they can attach to dogs at any time. There’s no deterrent that’s safe with torts, you just have to avoid areas frequented by deer and sheep. In over thirty years I’ve never had them on my torts :)