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wizzasmum

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#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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#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.