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#67466 2 Hermanni Boettgeri Babies For Sale

Posted by wizzasmum on 27 March 2017 - 03:46 PM

Available to good homes with correct setups - no vivs please. £95 each or both for £160. They come with DEFRA transaction certs, care booklet and full after sales help for as long as you need it. Will deliver within reasonable distance, but will charge fuel costs for long distances.

#67448 Very New, Seeking Advice :)

Posted by wizzasmum on 20 March 2017 - 10:50 PM

I'd say first and foremost, ask breeders or long term keepers rather than the pet industry. They rarely give good info as most of it is secondhand. The times given for wind down for certain ages should definitely be ignored. I have a yearling that weighs around 40 grams, whereas a yearling from the outlet you mention would weigh a lot more than this. It's size, not age that is important. Also, anything less than eight weeks hibernation is not worth doing, the reason being that the first few weeks are not hibernation proper, as it takes time to get into the really deep sleep. Again, your second piece of info is also flawed by not mentioning weight, but rather years of winters. The third bit of info you post is very misleading, I personally don't understand what that means, so it would be easy to make a mistake there. I notice that nowhere are temps or humidity mentioned. Gradual reduction of temperature and light is crucial to a healthy wind down. Here's another one to get your teeth into lol www.tortsmad.com/hibernation.htm
Yes it matters what time of year you hibernate your tortoise. Obviously a month or so either side of the popular times between November and March is fine, but to start now and finish mid summer would mess with the natural cycle. Never use heaters during hibernation other than, as yousay, to guard against frost, so it would need to be on a thermostat to kick in at say 5 degrees.

#67392 Shed Heating

Posted by wizzasmum on 09 March 2017 - 01:30 PM

Karen is the best one to listen to on this sort of enclosure, her setups are second to none. To be honest I'd ditch the tortoise table altogether as at ten years old, he needs a very large area. All of my hermanns are outdoors 24/7 as soon as the danger of frost is past. They have catflap access, which you can lock against predators overnight. You should see a huge difference in Arthur once he's outdoors full time. Would love to see pics of him. Has he hibernated?

#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.