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wizzasmum

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#68398 Living Outdoors Permantly - Eek!

Posted by wizzasmum on 19 April 2018 - 10:07 AM

Lovely info Sabina. Would you mind me using these links on a Facebook group please?


#68357 Is This Lamp Good For My Hermann Hatchling (I M Worried)

Posted by wizzasmum on 01 April 2018 - 11:16 PM

It’s usually warm enough in Greece to pop them outdoors during the day. Because tortoises are natural to Greece it seems a shame to keep them unnaturally. He will thrive outdoors now.


#68354 Is This Lamp Good For My Hermann Hatchling (I M Worried)

Posted by wizzasmum on 01 April 2018 - 08:21 PM

What country are you in? I personally use Megaray lamps from www.megaray.co.uk Where are you getting your soil? If it’s from garden centres with fertiliser in it this will irritate your tortoises eyes. The wood chips you are using should be removed as they can be dangerous to tortoises. You need to water the substrate if indoors as too dry soil will also irritate.


#68324 Slide Show - Emerging From Hibernation

Posted by wizzasmum on 17 March 2018 - 03:37 PM

Wow! Thanks for this Sabina. Its a fascinating and educational series of pics to illustrate how well things go when done properly. Well done, bet youre glad to have the little terrors back above ground. Everything taken into account for them. :)


#68279 Hello, I Am From Germany....

Posted by wizzasmum on 21 February 2018 - 08:03 AM

Lovely to see them all outdoors eating naturally, just as they should be. Did you breed the smaller ones yourself? These photos would be great in the photo section. It woulD be good to have a section for naturalistic keeping, so that new keepers could see what a difference it makes. Ive got a little blind hermanni that also does well outdoors self feeding. She grows more slowly than the others but is still doing well. This is one of my sub adults last year.

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#68251 Hello, I Am From Germany....

Posted by wizzasmum on 18 February 2018 - 10:09 AM

So refreshing to see more naturalistic type keeping. Is is sad to see so many American keepers keeping their tortoises more as specimens than wild animals with specific requirements. The same can be said of many uk keepers too. Given that tortoises display stress related behaviours just like other animals, I find it hard to see how they don’t notice this, when they are kept in close confinement.


#68215 Is It Too Cold For My Tortoise?

Posted by wizzasmum on 10 February 2018 - 06:00 PM

Indoors it’s absolutely fine overnight. My 170 year old cottage gets colder than that and I have 7 month old babies with no heating overnight. Don’t use a viv, that will cause countless problems and will cause confusion when spring comes as your ambient temps will then be lower than the viv was. Her behaviour sounds perfectly fine for this time of year. If she is sleeping under the basking lamp though, you need to reduce her basking temps. Do you water the hide area to make sure she’s well hydrated?


#68201 Help Post Hibernation Advice Needed

Posted by wizzasmum on 05 February 2018 - 04:57 PM

I’ve just got two up and they are not interested either. I’m not worried as it’s early in the year and they went down early, so it’s a bit out of the ordinary for them. Tucked up like two little pies they are, but I’m betting by the weekend they will be driving me crazy lol Glad yours is ok, he’s probably wondering what’s wrong with these daft humans who don’t realise it’s only February lol.


#68198 Help Post Hibernation Advice Needed

Posted by wizzasmum on 04 February 2018 - 08:24 PM

All sounds perfectly normal. We’re here if you need help though.


#68195 Help Post Hibernation Advice Needed

Posted by wizzasmum on 04 February 2018 - 05:36 PM

Are the temps in the room warm? To be honest it’s still early days. It can take a few days before he is interested in food and not every year is the same. Did he gain any weight from bathing him? Keep up the warm baths until he gets the idea he’s now awake. The fact that he’s withdrawing is not a bad sign. It would be worse if he was lethargic and had legs and head out of his shell. Give him a couple of days and get back to us if things don’t improve. He might benefit from a soak in critical care formula, but it’s too early for this yet. Good luck!


#68147 Tortsmad

Posted by wizzasmum on 27 January 2018 - 10:35 AM

Aw thanks Karen. I get quite a bit of feedback from the website which is nice. Always glad to add bits too If people cant find what they are looking for there. X


#68115 Newbie Meeting Advice Please

Posted by wizzasmum on 17 January 2018 - 03:39 PM

Guessing at that weight it’s around 2 years old. It’s most likely a scales discrepancy, but make sure it’s well hydrated, weigh again and repeat in a week. If it was couriered to you it’s very possible that the stress has made it empty out more than usual. A pee and a poo are heavier than you think. It’s not possible to tell the sex at this age, you will need to wait a few years to be sure ;) Is it eating ok?


#68099 Indoor Enclosures Humidity Awareness.

Posted by wizzasmum on 09 January 2018 - 11:36 AM

Just a New Year reminder for all you owners who are not hibernating their torts for whatever reason. Remember that while indoors and not outside, the humidity levels in centrally heated houses will be drastically lower and so will need to be supplemented constantly by watering, making sure tinies dont sleep under lamps, have humid hides for overnight etc Remember too that they need constant access to water so that they can choose when to soak. I do emphasise the dangers of dehydration particularly in youngsters in my care sheets, but not all owners are aware. Good to know in order to avoid veterinary treatment.


#68098 Humidity Reminder For Indoor Torts Over Winter

Posted by wizzasmum on 09 January 2018 - 11:32 AM



Just a New Year reminder for all you owners who are not hibernating their torts for whatever reason. Remember that while indoors and not outside, the humidity levels in centrally heated houses will be drastically lower and so will need to be supplemented constantly by watering, making sure tinies dont sleep under lamps, have humid hides for overnight etc Remember too that they need constant access to water so that they can choose when to soak. I do emphasise the dangers of dehydration particularly in youngsters in my care sheets, but not all owners are aware. Good to know in order to avoid veterinary treatment.


#68095 How I Keep Plants To Leave Longer In The Indoor Enclosure

Posted by wizzasmum on 06 January 2018 - 11:27 AM

Yes, be lots of carex, hebes and Heather in the gravel garden, they love this for shelter in hot weather.