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In Topic: Wimbles Hatchmate - Help Appreciated

02 April 2016 - 10:15 PM

Hiya folks, so Terrence and Wimble have been apart for a while, so in the meantime I used my veterinary contact and conducted an Electron Microscope for cryptosporidium plus a reptile cryptosporidium isolate test.. I have no idea how these things work but I trust my vet friends. They are both clear.

In Topic: Wimbles Hatchmate - Help Appreciated

19 January 2016 - 06:30 PM

Which they both were, transported and lived together for a while before I got Wimble, just the two of them the whole time. Terrence was then kept in the same house as other reptiles (no other torts) so I am guessing cross contamination is a possibility.

I have arranged storage for some furniture which will be moved tomorrow to make room for another table. I now have Terrence in a small rabbit cage bought hastily from the nearest pet shop, with substrate etc but only a heat source and no UV. In the morning I am going to go into town and buy a larger rabbit cage and UV lighting, already have substrate still sealed in bags to use, just need a water dish etc.

I have also changed Wimbles substrate and F10'd his whole enclosure, he happily burrowed down in a bucket of fresh coir while I did it all, good lad.

It's been a very busy, panicky day. The OH is wincing at the cost but I have politely told him to s*d off, he has his motorbike and I have my torts!

I am a bit fuzzy headed and extremely worried my actions might put them both at risk, I keep telling them both I am sorry!

My next question is how long do I quarantine for? The next is are they OK on tables next to each other if I maintain precautions like hand washing and F10 for all cleaning etc?

In Topic: Wimbles Hatchmate - Help Appreciated

19 January 2016 - 12:10 PM

Is it too late to seperate them now? It's been a week?

If it is still an option I can arrange to move some furniture out and go get another table for him.

I had no idea about the issues you mentioned and simply didn't realise how serious it could be. Ignorance is definitely not bliss.

In Topic: Wimbles Hatchmate - Help Appreciated

18 January 2016 - 07:11 PM

I suppose it just goes to show that even 6 months of the wrong husbandry can really set a little tort back. I have followed all of the advice on here for Wimble and feel very happy that his growth is slow and healthy. Hopefully now I can ensure Terrence has a good future ahead of him.

I am just disappointed in myself for not being able to quarantine, a small mercy is that I have since discovered that Terrence was stool tested only a few weeks ago and everything was clear, so less worry about salmonella etc.

In a few months I will stool test them both again, for my own peace of mind.

In the meantime they are both settled now after a few days bumping into each other and then scooting away in fright! Terrence has realised that weeds might not be as tasty as what he is used to, so is now eating at the same rate as Wimble (many lost hours watching them at feeding time, sat on a little stool next to the table, cuppa in hand haha, such time wasters these torts) which is a relief. They had some opuntia as a treat today too, Terrence took Wimbles lead and after sniffing and nibbling, managed a few mouth fulls.

Their lights went off earlier and they were already buried next to each other, I checked all the temps with my infra red thermometer and decided to add another heat source as the area at 32 was quite small for two to squeeze into, so I now have a good area of 25-32 and the colder end remains at 18.

I am feeling happier now I know they are getting along nicely, it's a joy to know Terrence is now getting what he needs - such a different personality to Wimble, he seems to enjoy being handled and stretches his neck out to have a good look at me. Maybe I am just anthropomorphising him though hehe.

Thanks again to everyone for your help and advice, I'd be lost without this forum!!

In Topic: Wimbles Hatchmate - Help Appreciated

17 January 2016 - 01:45 PM

Thanks everyone, I only feed Wimble every other day to keep his winter growth in check so when I feed tomorrow I shall do it separately and from then on.

Does anybody know that by feeding less, Terrences shell will recover or will it always show? Just asking out of curiosity really.