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wizzasmum

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

Posted by wizzasmum on Today, 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.


#68093 How I Keep Plants To Leave Longer In The Indoor Enclosure

Posted by wizzasmum on 05 January 2018 - 06:40 PM

Will have to give carex a go, the gardens full of it.


#68080 Happy New Year.

Posted by wizzasmum on 31 December 2017 - 08:21 PM

Happy New Year to you too Karen. Hope it’s a good one for everyone.


#68066 Happy Christmas

Posted by wizzasmum on 23 December 2017 - 08:08 PM

Same from me Karen. Hectic here as usual, the torts dont know what they’re missing happy Christmas all


#68015 Hibernate

Posted by wizzasmum on 01 December 2017 - 01:59 PM

Has someone sold you this hatchling or is it one of your own bred babies? It’s roughly the size of a newly hatched baby for a hermanni, which should be bigger than this by now. How are you keeping it i.e. heat levels, uvb, substrate, supplementation and feeding. At this size it certainly shouldn’t be behaving this way. Make sure the heat is up to 32 degrees with the option of moving out of the heat. Remove the hide as these are not good for hatchlings, they are better digging into the substrate to thermoregulate, often they will stay in hides as there isn’t enough stimulation to wake in the morning. Do you have pics at all?
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