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#67391 Is It Spring?

Posted by wizzasmum on 09 March 2017 - 01:24 PM

Lovely pic. I've only got my little blind girl awake so far. Hopefully others to follow this weekend ;)

#67377 Can 2 Hermann's Be Kept Together

Posted by wizzasmum on 02 March 2017 - 07:08 PM

If he gives his tortoise the run of the house then it's definitely not a good idea to have another one. This sort of husbandry has many pitfalls. Incorrect substrate, inability to dig, low levels of uvb, dangers of wires, being trodden on, poor radiant heat etc etc. The list is endless. Obviously people will do what they want to in the end, but without correct care, it would be sad to keep two tortoises this way. Personally I wouldn't sell to anyone who I knew was going to keep them this way, it can only 'work' for so long and then a vet will be needed sadly.

#67341 Are Moles Predators For Small Hermann Tortoises (1Y+ Old Babies)

Posted by wizzasmum on 16 February 2017 - 11:10 AM

Thank you very much for your feedback Sue and Karen.
I have never seen one either or signs of their presence, and never seen their holes in the whole garden.
Except..... 3-4 years ago...., there was the head of a mole with the veins hanging hidden behind the hose box in the garden. I think that was the remaining a fox's pray and the next day it disappeared.
But I will keep in mind that i can still add some extra security for peace of mind in the outdoor enclosure.

Oh yuk! Not a nice find. Talking of predators, I've just seen a raptor of some kind hovering over the gardens here. Obviously not looking at tortoises just yet, but it makes you wary. Now if they'd come and decimate the crow population I'd be a happy tortoise Mum ;)

#67332 Squirts Back To His Self

Posted by wizzasmum on 06 February 2017 - 12:15 AM

The thing is, horsfields are the most aggressive species of tortoise. It's hard to imagine when you only have one and has to be seen to be believed.The only way they will live together if not two females, is with lots of space, so a table is out of the question for anything but hatchlings. There is a short clip of typical horsfield behaviour in this section www.tortsmad.com/russians.htm if you do decide to get more, there's still the problem of cross contamination, so at least 12 months quarantine is essential, plus you will need several females to one male and lots of space. Hope this helps

#67323 Thanks To Everyone!

Posted by wizzasmum on 28 January 2017 - 08:36 PM

That's brilliant news. Bet you are feeling much better now :)

#67316 Shell Issues

Posted by wizzasmum on 23 January 2017 - 09:00 AM

He just looks as though he has been growing extremely fast in an indoor environment. Over winter, if not hibernated, his growth should be almost nothing and just a few grams a month over summer, to prevent over thickening of the shell. What age and weight is he and what is he fed?

#67303 New Tortoise - Shell

Posted by wizzasmum on 12 January 2017 - 11:06 PM

Your tortoise does have some pyramiding, but not too badly. With a change in care i.e. higher levels of humidity while indoors it shouldn't get any worse. Do you have pics of the underside (plastron)? How did you come to acquire him/ her?

#67284 Tortoise Group Near Me?

Posted by wizzasmum on 03 January 2017 - 01:49 AM

Yes, it's a very dangerous practice Geraldine, especially if there are any pet shop tortoises there. Cross contamination between species is very risky anyway, but imports are more likely to carry underlying disease.

#67281 Tortoise Group Near Me?

Posted by wizzasmum on 02 January 2017 - 05:02 PM

Don't know of any personally Geraldine, but if you find one, do avoid the ones where people are encouraged to take their tortoises along, as this is one of the biggest routes of cross contamination, often ending in dead or sick torts.

#67258 Merry Christmas

Posted by wizzasmum on 24 December 2016 - 09:18 AM

Merry Christmas to to all and let's hope it's a more peaceful year ahead x

#67240 Just Finished Tortoise Table Build. Feed Back Would Be Nice

Posted by wizzasmum on 10 December 2016 - 09:32 PM

What would the best sealant be to seal the wood joins? I don't want you use anything toxic. Cheers Darren

I use aquarium sealant Darren :)

#67237 Just Finished Tortoise Table Build. Feed Back Would Be Nice

Posted by wizzasmum on 10 December 2016 - 07:26 PM

Hi I have built the table in a way where it is customisable. Is removing the sleep area comman practise?
Thanks for you feedback very much apreciated. Kind regards Darren

Sleeping compartments are never necessary. It seems to be something commercial outlets do, the same as for small mammals. It's simply because they have no knowledge of tortoises. In nature, tortoises bury down into the substrate to thermoregulate, whereas mammals hide in little holes to keep warm. Digging down ensures good smooth growth, whereas sleeping in hides does the opposite. Being cold blooded, reptiles cannot keep warm in hides, which is what mammals use them for. When people have given me old enclosures for the hatchlings, the first thing I do is make them deeper and remove any hides. Don't forget to waterproof the seams of the enclosure if there's a chance of it swelling from the moisture on the bottom ;) Hope this helps.

#67226 Should I Disturb

Posted by wizzasmum on 05 December 2016 - 10:41 PM

Horsfields are really greedy as they normally only eat for three to four months in the wild, then come winter they just stop eating as they would need to wind down quickly for the long months underground. Unless he is otherwise sick, I'd let him hibernate to be honest.

#67185 2 X 3 Year Old Hermann Females...ebony 'n' Emily

Posted by wizzasmum on 25 November 2016 - 01:58 PM

Im sure mine do it to wind me up Sue, keep me busy changing the water lol. x

Oh there are those with bad manners of course, I've got lots of them lol

#67178 Contagious Diseases/infections Transmissible From Humans To Tortoises?

Posted by wizzasmum on 24 November 2016 - 06:19 PM

Usually respiratory problems are to do with cold and damp, but can be caused by too dry conditions, when they may inhale dust, or it can be contagious as is often found with imported or pet shop animals.