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#64554 Fluorescent Lamps

Posted by wizzasmum on 29 July 2015 - 10:47 AM

I don't really look at the brand for tubes as I use supplements as well as D3 and run alongside a megaray. It's the brightness that is important for activity levels. I'd seriously think of getting him outside though as he needs to be a tortoise really.

#64519 Balancing Act

Posted by wizzasmum on 25 July 2015 - 10:25 PM

Maybe that's a human take on things. Personally I'm not in favour of giving balls to tortoises, they cope better with a larger habitat and more natural interests to be honest, rather than having to distract their frustrations with toys etc ;)

#64516 What Distance Is Safe?

Posted by wizzasmum on 25 July 2015 - 05:11 PM

We must have been lucky this year. Wales is notoriously wet, but this year has been great with the help of greenhouse and shed hides with heat. Even Scottish keepers are doing well apparently. Where are you? Maybe not in UK?

#64514 What Distance Is Safe?

Posted by wizzasmum on 25 July 2015 - 11:03 AM

The best lamp at this time of year is the sun. Outdoors is best for all tortoises at this time of year ;)
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#64483 What Sort Of Tortoise Is She?

Posted by wizzasmum on 19 July 2015 - 01:04 PM

It's a horsfield, need pics of underneath tail end to know the sex. It's been really over fed, so someone is probably missing it. They need very deep soil as are a burrowing species, so the average tortoise table will not be deep enough. That's not a baby either so a table might just make it unhappy as it won't have enough room. They thrive outdoors with access to a shed with heat for bad days, but bear in mind the outdoor enclosure needs to be really secure as they can burrow for many feet deep. Have a look at Karen's horsfield enclosures.
Good luck.

#64481 Bath Time

Posted by wizzasmum on 19 July 2015 - 09:44 AM

If the tortoise is smelly, it's most likely another underlying problem. What do you feed it on?

#64462 Buying A Hatchling

Posted by wizzasmum on 12 July 2015 - 09:18 PM

I'd avoid buying from shows if possible. Contamination risks will be high and many of these torts will be imports, which will carry their own risks! You should be able to find a breeder near to you.

#64438 Outdoor Enclosure Safety

Posted by wizzasmum on 10 July 2015 - 04:18 PM

8x8 isn't enough for an adult to be happy really, you might find it will just pace the perimeter. My own torts use an area of around 30ft x 70ft and would use more if they could. Tortoises are territorial creatures and don't like being confined. If you only have a small garden then you would do best tortoise proofing the whole area, which obviously cannot be covered. I'm gathering it has a hide area fir night that can be locked against predators, which is all an adult needs ;)

#64399 New Indoor Enclosure- Thoughts?

Posted by wizzasmum on 07 July 2015 - 10:55 PM

Hi all,
My fiance and I have been working hard on getting a new tortoise table ready for our two, large hermann torts! They quickly outgrew their old one, and after speaking to the forum members, it was agreed that it had become too small. So, our new one takes up the majority of our dining room!
Our tortoises currently measure 20cm , from top to tip of their shells. Their new home measures 165cm by 125cm, and is complete with a mini upstairs. Our one tortoise, Mildred, who is definitely the most active of the two, has made good use of this already, climbing up and down the ramp!
We also chose some specially selected enclosure plants, which we know are suitable for eating, as well as providing good hiding spots.
Just about to pick up two, much larger heat lamps, and the job will be done!
Any thoughts, or any more suggestions for our indoor enclosure?

Shoot me if you like, but I always feel pretty sad at the thought of adult tortoises being indoors. I hate to think how mine would behave if confined. This week they have dug holes, climbed shrubs, soaked in their shallow pond and generally been hoodlums in the garden, just as they should be doing :)

#64393 What Distance Is Safe?

Posted by wizzasmum on 06 July 2015 - 08:19 PM

The info they have given you is not quite correct ! Shame considering they are supposed to be the manufacturer! I would re- read the uv guide again ;) there are also uvb forums you could join which are quite helpful ;)
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#64388 What Distance Is Safe?

Posted by wizzasmum on 06 July 2015 - 07:29 AM

Sadly, this is just one reason so many little tortoises fail to thrive and why they should not be a commercial item, ever! They can't tell us how wrong things are until it is too late. It does make you wonder where these outlets get their info, or whether they make it up according to what stock they need to sell. Very sad indeed :(
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#64385 What Distance Is Safe?

Posted by wizzasmum on 05 July 2015 - 06:11 PM

Just shows how much reptile shops know, that is totally shocking advice. If your reptile shop manager had ever been to the Med and measured the Uvb levels there maybe he would Think again. Next time you go there, ask them what they think the uvb levels are on the 'other side ' of Europe lol
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#64382 What Distance Is Safe?

Posted by wizzasmum on 05 July 2015 - 10:47 AM

We always use a reflector. So if we changed to a 10,how far away must it be from the tortoises?

As low as you like really, unless the manufacturer states otherwise. Not so they can touch it obviously ;)
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#64378 What Distance Is Safe?

Posted by wizzasmum on 04 July 2015 - 05:58 PM

You can practically put a 5% one anywhere. Personally I use nothing less than 10%. You will need a good reflector with that to get enough uvb to them.
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#64376 What Distance Is Safe?

Posted by wizzasmum on 04 July 2015 - 11:09 AM


This will explain things more clearly.
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