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Rachel1988

Member Since 21 Oct 2015
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In Topic: Lighting And Safety!

07 November 2015 - 11:51 AM

I think we may have chatted when I posted in the 'Introduce yourself' forum. Lizzie has a misformed shell. She was born like it. As opposed to it being domed nicely, it dips slightly in at the middle front and back and her shell is generally quite flat. Saying that, she is the most active out of the two and is very fast!! Yes shall try and resist the urge. Think I would be nore inclined to leave Flash for longer than Lizzie though, I think the shape of her shell could prevent her from being able to correct herself.

In Topic: Lighting And Safety!

07 November 2015 - 10:15 AM

That does make perfect sense! Thank you for the advice! Will just have to get over my fears! X

In Topic: Lighting And Safety!

06 November 2015 - 04:04 PM

It's only Lizzie so far that has flipped over and she does have a few genetic problems, her shell isn't formed properly, so I have flipped her back over as soon as I have found her on her back. Once I had been out for about an hour amd found her flipped over So have no idea how long she was like it for. I have a combi bulb for them, so how do I reduce the temps? Would I need to buy some sort of thermostat or something? The bulb is in a fixed position. I wouldn't be able to raise it to reduce temps without a screwdriver and s lot of faffing! Substrate is damp and no objects beneath lamp although I do vary the gradient of substrate to produce hills and dips, I'd read this can aid them in correcting themselves if they had flipped, as well as exercise and interest. I'm just petrified they (mainly Lizzie) will be on their back and under the lamp all day! I'd also read that being on their back particularly for a sustained period of time whether under the lamp or not can be dangerous because it puts pressure on their lungs and other organs and the stomach can twist, not sure hiw correct that is though?

In Topic: Hello, I'm New And Looking For Reassurance Please!

28 October 2015 - 08:05 PM

Okay, thanks for that! You've been a great help and put my mind at rest. Many thanks!

In Topic: Hello, I'm New And Looking For Reassurance Please!

28 October 2015 - 02:08 PM

Hello! Thanks for your reply! Yes, little Lizzie was given to me, buy one get one free because of being a bit special! Fingers crossed she will be just as well as Flash. The ratio for the substrate is probably 2 parts soil to 1 part sand. The breeder recommended this. She did also mention using coco coir. But she used this in addition to soil and sand. Would you suggest I do that or substitute the sand for coir completely? Yes she did give me lots of care sheets and I have books and downloaded goodness knows how much from the tortoise trust website etc but just a few specifics I couldn't seem to find answers too. Plus I just wanted reassurance from an experienced keeper!

The enclosure I was talking about for outside they wouldn't be able to see out of. Its pretty much just a wooden square hutch with solid sides, felted roof and a ramp up to entrance. But wasn't sure if something with a polycarbonate roof forthem to have shelter and warm up in would be better.

Now you mention not having shelters in the table that makes sense. As they don't burrown down often, probably only a handful of times since I have had them, although saying that they don't use the log hide or bedroom area anyway!! But it is kept nice and moist. They had a bath earlier, Flash passed some urates, not masses, they were mostly soft and creamy like I have read they should be, but did have a small amount of grit. When I say small probably only 1 or 2 particles felt like grit. Anything I can do to rectify that? As like I said they have access to water, moist substrate, regular baths. Thank goodness I don't have to dry them! That was proving difficult!

Would you recommend getting them to the vets just for a check up? General health check up is the side of things I have no idea about. I have read about worming and claws filed/beaks trimmed etc. As they are only babies their beaks and claws seem fine to me and no sign of worms but presume it is advisable for them to get routinely checked? We have a good vets near us which is recommended by the tortoise club thankfully.

Thanks again for getting back to me and all the advice!