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wizzasmum

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#67989 Tics On Tortoises

Posted by wizzasmum on 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 :)


#67936 Hibernating My 3 Year Old Tortoise

Posted by wizzasmum on 27 October 2017 - 02:22 PM

Karen’s given brilliant advice here. Glad to hear Tiddles is picking up at long last Amanda. :)


#67905 Hatchling Hermanns

Posted by wizzasmum on 09 October 2017 - 10:59 PM

Home reared baby hermanns. Hatched July 2017. Ready to go now. All come with DEFRA documentation, care sheets and after sales help for as long as required. Delivered where possible and will meet half way for longer distances. 35years experience with hermanni tortoises. £90 each or £170 for two.


#67855 Lou Making The Most Of The Good Weather

Posted by wizzasmum on 03 September 2017 - 07:41 AM

Might be short lived, looking at the weather today. Still lots of orange hawkweed for guzzling though, plus a bit of plantain, clover and mallow.


#67831 Egg Laying

Posted by wizzasmum on 20 August 2017 - 01:18 PM

Providing you have a male, then best to leave well alone. Inducing eggs is rarely necessary as many torts carry eggs through to the next season. It's only a problem if she is climbing the walls in nesting fashion, in which case, keep her within a good nesting site with added heat for encouragement. I had a female induced by a 'knowledgeable!' Vet some years ago and it took several years for her to recover. It was only after years of her repeatedly dropping infertile eggs and being generally lethargic that it was explained to me how her system had been well and truly messed up. Some vets do it as routine ( same as antibiotics etc) but I wouldn't do it again. Hope this helps.


#67826 Hermann Tortoise Newbie

Posted by wizzasmum on 10 August 2017 - 08:37 PM

It's a common mistake to make, especially as most commercial table tops have them. Pet shops rarely know much about tortoises, other than what they have been trained to say to make a sale, often very convincingly. This lady is a recognised breeder in your area, so I'd ask her if she has any available before buying an import, it could save you a lot of money in the long run. Hampshire - Arlene Mitchel - tillytortoise@hotmail.com 07814 117655
Good luck :)


#67823 Hermann Tortoise Newbie

Posted by wizzasmum on 09 August 2017 - 09:35 PM

Basically heat mats are a no no with all tortoises. Heat should come from above as in nature. Tortoises need a cool area to go to at will and their natural way to do this is to leave the basking and well lit area, again the same as they would in nature. If this area then has a heat mat in place it won't allow the tortoise to cool down properly. You don't need a bedroom as again tortoises naturally dig down into the substrate to thermoregulate. This behaviour also helps with smooth growth, preventing dehydration. You will find that when tortoises are not allowed to do this theywill drink a lot, which naturally they don't do. Avoid most pet shop advice as the majority of the stuff they will advise you to buy is unnecessary. Always think of what the tortoise would experience in the wild and you won't go far wrong. Also, do buy your tortoise from a breeder to avoid the increasingly unfit tortoises available from the commercial pet trade.


#67795 Mr Burns Sore Eyes

Posted by wizzasmum on 29 July 2017 - 12:22 PM

It's not a good substrate for tortoises for many many reasons. Petshops shouldn't sell it to be honest. Can you change it to a natural soil substrate very soon please? Tortoises need humidity as part of their natural habitat, which they can't get with any pellet substrate. If you are using a pet shop, see if they have tortoise life substrate, failing this buy top soil from a diy store. You need to water substrates so that the base is damp for when they burrow down at night. Also, if you are feeding shop bought food, make a change to natural feeding. Bathe him daily in warm water and put a tiny blob of coconut oil on the surface of the water, this will also help to clear any irritation. Hope this helps.


#67793 Mr Burns Sore Eyes

Posted by wizzasmum on 29 July 2017 - 09:58 AM

That is not looking good, have you seen a vet yet? If not, meanwhile try putting a drop of codliver oil into the eyes to see if it will smooth and remove any foreign body, such as sand. If you are using sand, I'd recommend removing it as it's renowned for damaging torts eyes. With it being both eyes I'd say it's less likely to be a foreign body. Make sure you see a recommended qualified Reptile vet as some will not give correct treatment. Good luck ;)


#67781 Second Hermann Tortoise?

Posted by wizzasmum on 23 July 2017 - 01:08 PM

So long as she has given them to you and not sold them it's fine, but selling a hermanni without certs is illegal and carries heavy fines as they are a protected species. They only need certs and microchipping if you use them for breeding, which is what the original breeder should have done really. Without her tortoises having certs it's going to be difficult for you to obtain certs unless she has given you a gifting letter which sometimes helps. I'm surprised she gave you one of each, as at maturity you always need one male to several females to avoid stress and related illness.


#67759 Juvenile Male Marginated Tortoise

Posted by wizzasmum on 03 July 2017 - 10:23 PM

Sorry, not a hermanni, but looking for a good home for this lovely male marginated tortoise. Currently in Dartford, Kent, but the owner is willing to travel to find him the right home. Equipment other than tortoise table also comes with him. Please either reply here or to wizzasmum@aol.com Photographs available.


#67717 Cleaning Tortoises?

Posted by wizzasmum on 23 June 2017 - 10:38 PM

Agree with Karen. It's a bit like people who constantly wash dogs etc. Sooner or later they will have problems if nature is interfered with. I have a little male with no tail which obviously needs an eye keeping on his nether regions in case he gets a build up of faeces, but he's the only one who ever needs this attention.


#67673 Leopard Or Redfooted Tortoise ?

Posted by wizzasmum on 09 June 2017 - 04:48 PM

To see where they would live would be lovely, but it would be a much better idea not to breed from them. It's taken a long time for the trade in these large species to decline, due to the problems mentioned, so it would be a shame to just add to the numbers of rescues ;)


#67669 Leopard Or Redfooted Tortoise ?

Posted by wizzasmum on 09 June 2017 - 08:12 AM

You need to get used to keeping tortoises for several years until you go into breeding Lance. It's not just a matter of getting a couple of tortoises and away you go. You need to be very careful where they come from with the risks associated with cross contamination, you need several females to each male, large areas with suitable nesting places, good hibernation quarters if breeding a hibernating species and a hefty bank balance if none hibernating. To be brutally honest there is no money to be made from breeding tortoises in this country and definitely a huge loss from the larger species. It's best to regard tortoise breeding as a hobby. I've been keeping them for over thirty five years now and spend a lot of time and money on their care and housing etc. By the time the certificates from Animal Health are sorted for babies, plus the rearing, cost of equipment, lighting, heating etc I'd guess you just about break even if you're lucky. There are a few who do it on a budget but there are usually a lot of problems along the way and vets fees for exotics can be sky high. Hope this helps


#67662 Leopard Or Redfooted Tortoise ?

Posted by wizzasmum on 08 June 2017 - 08:58 PM

Hi
I have been wondering what species is more popular redfooted or leopard tortoise?
I have been thinking about breeding tortoises and have narrowed it down to these two,but would need to know which one is more popular so I can get the beast result and maybe try and expand. I have space for summer and winter pens and grass areas available so have all that's needed and have done research on both species. I also have food available as I have a border (area) of dandy lions and tortoise seed mix due to my current tortoises . I also have strawberries and melons growing during the sumer for redfooted tortoises as well as grass for leopard tortoises.
Thanks in advance lance


To be honest, in the uk, neither of these is a good idea. Neither are popular due to the difficulty of keeping them. Leopard tortoises are indigenous to South Africa and therefore it's not easy to give them a good habitat in uk without a great deal of expense. To breed them would definitely result in lots of tortoises eventually looking for new homes. They can't even be rehomed to zoos any more. Redfoots are also not easy to breed in this country due to the difficulty of creating large enough enclosures which need high levels of humidity amongst other problems. I think you need to research very carefully before going ahead with this project. It's a lot more involved than growing weeds, fruit and grass I'm afraid. Hope this helps.