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#68716 Artificial Plants

Posted by wizzasmum on 30 December 2018 - 03:38 PM

Ive noticed recently on various forums/social media groups that people are suggesting using artificial plants. This is a bad idea, mainly because a tortoise or other animal does not/know what is dangerous and what is not. In the absence of fresh food, many animals will attempt to eat unsuitable items, either unnatural bedding or plastic plants etc. Please be sure to only use edible plants in tortoise enclosures.

#68672 New Here Have A Few Questions

Posted by wizzasmum on 29 November 2018 - 10:07 PM

It’s been hard for Vals friends and family, but if the tortoises have been kept away from any groups, they are a good source. Might be best to wait for one of those

#68664 New Here Have A Few Questions

Posted by wizzasmum on 27 November 2018 - 01:48 PM

Lovely. Just be sure they are a breeder and not a dealer (recently had a case on another forum of new owner being conned by so called breeder). Ask about their adults, which should be in hibernation now if they are breeding animals. A good keeper will show you where they are. As Karen said, make sure they are bright eyed, lively, have no discharge, sneezing etc Also ask about certificates, microchip etc If they are over 6cm plastron length they MUST be chipped by law, if not, dont buy as you could find yourself in trouble when reregistering them. The seller should also offer you extensive care sheets and not just a food list etc. Make sure any home you have for them is as big as possible, at least 3ft as they are roaming animals.

#68651 New Here Have A Few Questions

Posted by wizzasmum on 24 November 2018 - 12:48 PM

Hi Emma. Welcome to the group. When youre overfaced with info from all directions, try to imagine what they would have in nature, so no artificial substrate, food etc. I use topsoil and coir for substrate. Get the biggest open top enclosure you can, with no hide/bedroom end and use a good depth of substrate to allow the little one to bury down at night time. You need both heat and uvb, either in a combined lamp or separately. A log or plant pot for him to dig under are useful too, plus a shallow dish big enough for him to sit in to have a drink. Use slate or an upturned tile to feed from, which helps beak trimming. You need a good calcium balancer such as Nekton MSA or nutrobal for his food, to be used very sparingly daily. Id recommend this little book for diet advise www.tortoises.net and only use Florette Crispy salad as a supplement when there are not many weeds around. Are you getting your little one from a breeder and not pet shop? If so the breeder should give you good care sheets including feeding advice too. Pet shop advise isnt usually good as their priorities are to make a sale, whereas a good breeder will be more interested in getting a good home.

#68644 Hermann Tortoises’ Eggs

Posted by wizzasmum on 14 November 2018 - 08:18 PM

It does happen sometimes, but is more usual if theyve laid eggs in the past. Theres no pattern as to when they lay, it can be any time. If a tortoise has regularly laid eggs, its a good idea to let a male run with them occasionally as they can develop follicular status, which is a build up of eggs that havent been shelled. This can kill. So, when people say not to rehome a female with males (as some rehoming organisations frequently do) its always worth asking if theyve laid eggs previously :)

#68631 Harry's Gone In

Posted by wizzasmum on 06 November 2018 - 01:23 PM

That's good to hear Graham, my lot won't be far behind him, lets hope the winter passes fast and we have another beautiful year next year as I hate this time of year.  :)

Me too! One year I’ll emigrate lol

#68608 Female Hermanni For Rehoming

Posted by wizzasmum on 05 October 2018 - 12:01 AM

Approx 7 years old. Requires change of habitat and feeding, but in reasonable condition considering its been an indoor tortoise. presently in Greenwich but owner willing to travel.

#68594 Lump Chalk.

Posted by wizzasmum on 25 September 2018 - 08:37 PM

Mine too.

#68475 How Do You Dispose Your Substrate Used Indoors?

Posted by wizzasmum on 19 May 2018 - 10:18 PM

I sprinkle mine on the lawn or borders ;)

#68465 Thinking Of Putting Squirt In A Oustside Enclosure

Posted by wizzasmum on 14 May 2018 - 06:06 PM

Where’s there’s sun all day if possible :)

#68437 Introducing A New Tortoise To Another

Posted by wizzasmum on 05 May 2018 - 08:38 AM

Again, have to agree with Sabina. Once they lay the eggs, that is where they leave their babies. Putting a youngster with an older one will only result in trampled babies, they have no emotional connection whatsoever. He might even bite off a head, just to see what it is (yes its happened sadly). Then you have the problem that if one or both turn out to be male, there will be fights, sometimes viciously. Just as an example, I wont sell babies to add to established older animals as 9 times out of 10 those people get back to me in the future looking to rehome one. With tortoises we have to think tortoise at all times and not mammal. Does he seem to miss the other one right now? Has he stopped eating or is he hiding away? If not Id not worry about him. You could always try introducing another adult to see what his reaction is, but with the option to return it if things dont work, but you would need more than one female.

#68400 Living Outdoors Permantly - Eek!

Posted by wizzasmum on 19 April 2018 - 06:15 PM

Thank you. I’m so impressed with your enclosure Sabina. Well thought out with the tortoises uppermost in mind :)

#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.