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by Sian
09 Mar 2019, 23:07
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Weight loss in hibernation
Replies: 9
Views: 532

Re: Weight loss in hibernation

Bless his little heart - he has had a bask under his light, a drink from his bowl & then trundled off to his usual corner to go to sleep .... then realised he had fresh dandelions & had a feast. Another kip with one claw on the remaining stalks then woke again for a late night snack before taking hi...
by Sian
09 Mar 2019, 19:30
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Weight loss in hibernation
Replies: 9
Views: 532

Re: Weight loss in hibernation

I checked him again today and another 1-2g lost so I’ve woken him up. Tortoise keeping - 100% love but 99% self doubt & panic!!!
by Sian
07 Mar 2019, 13:02
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Weight loss in hibernation
Replies: 9
Views: 532

Re: Weight loss in hibernation

Definitely no see or poo - he has his own towels we use when travelling & as he seems to like them his hibernation box is lined with these rather than substrate so it is easy to tell if he “goes”! I was planning to get him up at 8 weeks anyway so will grit my teeth & hold fast for now. Thanks for th...
by Sian
07 Mar 2019, 12:13
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Weight loss in hibernation
Replies: 9
Views: 532

Re: Weight loss in hibernation

Thanks Nina Jack is now 13yr old & went in the fridge at 716g (I forgot to weigh before wind down) Definitely no wee as I check this every other day. He’s lost 17g over the 6 weeks. I was feeling confident that he was doing well until I saw the new guidelines & also looked back at last year when I g...
by Sian
07 Mar 2019, 11:22
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Weight loss in hibernation
Replies: 9
Views: 532

Weight loss in hibernation

Hi there guys

Jack is now just over 6 weeks into fridge hibernation & looks well. I’m just having a panic over how much weight loss to allow. I did a google & found a site saying any more than 1% in a month & you should wake up. Jack has lost about 2-3% now. Is this ok? Thanks, Siân
by Sian
06 Feb 2019, 21:55
Forum: Rehoming
Topic: REHOMED: Spiff -- Hermann's Tortoise
Replies: 5
Views: 281

Re: Spiff -- Hermann's Tortoise needs a new home

Thanks Nina Yes, it’s Buckingham Dee - we live next door to each other! It’s probably too early for Spiff but Kate (the hopeful owner) is coming over to see my set up next week and hopefully Dee’s as well. Jack is hibernating at the moment bless him. I changed his substrate back to small pellets (wh...
by Sian
06 Feb 2019, 20:01
Forum: Rehoming
Topic: REHOMED: Spiff -- Hermann's Tortoise
Replies: 5
Views: 281

Re: Spiff -- Hermann's Tortoise needs a new home

Hi Nina - would Spiff be suitable for a beginner (with the support of a Herman’s owner (me) & my lovely tortoise mummy friend Dee? I’ve just been chatting to a local lady who dearly wants a tortoise & I recommended adopting rather than buying a baby. She may well pop up on here but I thought I’d che...
by Sian
27 Feb 2018, 11:14
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Toilet troubles!
Replies: 3
Views: 551

Re: Toilet troubles!

Thanks, I’m so used to the toothpaste that this threw me, especially as Jack didn’t eat as much as usual yesterday. He is now under his light, looking smug & a little distainful at my panic!
by Sian
27 Feb 2018, 10:17
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Toilet troubles!
Replies: 3
Views: 551

Toilet troubles!

Ok wise tortoise peeps - just got up to find a sleepy Jack (light not on yet) finishing his morning ablutions, but rather than a clear wee with a bit of toothpaste-like urate in it, we have a puddle of skimmed milk! Liquid urate? Mixed wee & urate? Never seen this before. Is it normal?
by Sian
18 Jul 2017, 19:01
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Nom nom nom
Replies: 2
Views: 1295

Nom nom nom

Jack is loving the new "Tortoise Pantry" with a variety of yummy plants & flowers but sedum will always be his favourite!
by Sian
29 Apr 2017, 19:08
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Dust!
Replies: 6
Views: 1974

Re: Dust!

Thanks Nina - not had time to try suggestions yet as Jack & I are having a weekend together in the IoW (Jack is a very lucky tortoise & has a Holiday Table!). I think I have some more substrate in the garage so will add more - it's only about 1.5-2 inches deep as Jack really doesn't dig. I will have...
by Sian
26 Apr 2017, 21:24
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Dust!
Replies: 6
Views: 1974

Re: Dust!

Loving the tights image!! I think some of the problem is just that we don't clean every day 😱 - I'm sure if we could stop it building up, that would help. Jack is in a table not a viv, but it does have a glass front. I'd like to change that to solid at some point as I think he can see out & gets fru...
by Sian
25 Apr 2017, 20:41
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Dust!
Replies: 6
Views: 1974

Dust!

I'm thinking there is no magic answer to this, but my Husband is despairing of the dust levels in our living room where Jack lives. He came to us on a pellet substrate which he had for a couple of years with his previous owners & seemed low dust but not very natural or comfortable so I dutifully cha...
by Sian
25 Apr 2017, 20:24
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Cute sleepy Jack
Replies: 4
Views: 1209

Re: Cute sleepy Jack

I love it when he sleeps like that, I figure if he sleeps with it all "hanging out" he must feel really safe & relaxed 😎
by Sian
25 Apr 2017, 18:25
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Cute sleepy Jack
Replies: 4
Views: 1209

Cute sleepy Jack

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