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by Teddy28
30 Mar 2020, 12:25
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Hibernation fridges
Replies: 2
Views: 46

Hibernation fridges

Hi Nina and Lin, I know it's really really early to be thinking about hibernation but I didn't hibernate Boris last winter as he was new to me so the coming winter will be my first ever attempt to hibernate a tortoise. I'm going to need to use the fridge method and I 've been looking as beer fridges...
by Teddy28
30 Mar 2020, 12:25
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Hibernation fridges
Replies: 0
Views: 19

Hibernation fridges

Hi Nina and Lin, I know it's really really early to be thinking about hibernation but I didn't hibernate Boris last winter as he was new to me so the coming winter will be my first ever attempt to hibernate a tortoise. I'm going to need to use the fridge method and I 've been looking as beer fridges...
by Teddy28
28 Mar 2020, 09:59
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Balcony enclosure almost done
Replies: 8
Views: 98

Re: Balcony enclosure almost done

It looks lovely!
by Teddy28
26 Mar 2020, 13:51
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: An ID please
Replies: 13
Views: 208

Re: An ID please

Thanks Nina, no no side effects for Boris that I noticed, but it did set me thinking about little Tort last summer but I don't it was there then so like you say maybe it was carried in by birds or in bird droppings. He did look slightly disgruntled this morning when it had gone and he demolished the...
by Teddy28
26 Mar 2020, 09:45
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: An ID please
Replies: 13
Views: 208

Re: An ID please

I've dug it all out, one had a root which was a foot long but easy to pull out as it had to grow sideways cos it couldn't get through the black membrane under the substrate. I've replaced it with one of our prized sow thistle from the garden, hopefully distract him from his favourite munch having di...
by Teddy28
26 Mar 2020, 08:07
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: An ID please
Replies: 13
Views: 208

Re: An ID please

[attachment=2]20200326_073954_resized.jpg[/attachment][attachment=1]20200326_074715_resized.jpg[/attachment][attachment=0]20200326_074724_resized.jpg[/attachment] Morning Nina, not sure how clear the close up photo is, there was a small amount of translucent milky sap coming out of the cut stem. I'v...
by Teddy28
25 Mar 2020, 22:53
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: An ID please
Replies: 13
Views: 208

Re: An ID please

Thanks Nina I 'll check it first thing and let you know. There are several of these plants all growing together but I m sure all are the same type. Last year I sowed some of the tortoise seed mix from shelled warriors, can't recall if it was just the tortoise seed or the Med mix. I sowed them in a s...
by Teddy28
25 Mar 2020, 22:01
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: An ID please
Replies: 13
Views: 208

Re: An ID please

Hi Nina Oh dear - wild lettuce ! I'll check tomorrow if any sap coming out and let you know. Yes some of the stems are red and I think some of them are showing in the first pic, on the left of the photo. I think the red stems are on the older leaves which may have been growing through the winter. An...
by Teddy28
25 Mar 2020, 10:05
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: An ID please
Replies: 13
Views: 208

Re: An ID please

[attachment=2]20200325_092753_resized.jpg[/attachment]Took a few more pics but not sure it's any clearer. The leaves have fine hairs on them, more obvious on younger leaves which appear to come out of a rosette. There's one separate from the others so I 'll try and dig it up to keep it from being ea...
by Teddy28
24 Mar 2020, 23:10
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: An ID please
Replies: 13
Views: 208

Re: An ID please

I thought you might like that one - extreme sunbathing eh!
xx
by Teddy28
24 Mar 2020, 20:02
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: An ID please
Replies: 13
Views: 208

Re: An ID please

Hi Nina Sorry it isn't a very good photo is it. I 'll see if I can get a betrer one tomorrow. As I said, it's from a seed mix and i have a suspicion it's been growing through the winter because I 've had his enclosure covered with Lumisol since October. He was outdoors again today and was attacking ...
by Teddy28
23 Mar 2020, 14:24
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: An ID please
Replies: 13
Views: 208

An ID please

[attachment=0]20200323_135437_resized.jpg[/attachment] Hi this is growing in Boris s outdoor enclosure, it sprouted from a pack of Shelled Warrior seed mix last year , he's having a day outside whilst the weather is good and previously ignored this but is now demolishing it. There's geranium leaves ...
by Teddy28
23 Mar 2020, 14:05
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: An ID please
Replies: 0
Views: 34

An ID please

Hi this is growing in Boris s outdoor enclosure, it sprouted from a pack of Shelled Warrior seed mix last year , he's having a day outside whilst the weather is good and previously ignored this but is now demolishing it. There's geranium leaves in the foreground but it's the tall leaves I'm trying t...
by Teddy28
01 Mar 2020, 15:35
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: tortoise not eating, closed eyes
Replies: 9
Views: 540

Re: tortoise not eating, closed eyes

Excuse me for jumping in but so pleased you got him eating. Hope he continues to improve
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by Teddy28
01 Mar 2020, 15:34
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: tortoise not eating, closed eyes
Replies: 9
Views: 540

Re: tortoise not eating, closed eyes

Excuse me for jumping in but so pleased you got him eating. Hope he continues to improve
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by Teddy28
09 Feb 2020, 22:54
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Design for new indoor emclosure
Replies: 7
Views: 661

Re: Design for new indoor emclosure

That's one thing I've learnt you can guarantee with a tortoise, make it nice for them and they'll vandalize it and turn everything upside down. Boris (and little Tort his predecessor) takes great delight in getting under the lowest part of his current ramp and pushing and shoving until it collapses ...
by Teddy28
09 Feb 2020, 21:36
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Design for new indoor emclosure
Replies: 7
Views: 661

Re: Design for new indoor emclosure

Thanks for this Nina, I think I understand it, especially with the photos.
The one with the brick in it, is that the sleeping area with the roof off? And is the brick just to give them a smaller cosy area to sleep in?
by Teddy28
09 Feb 2020, 16:13
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Design for new indoor emclosure
Replies: 7
Views: 661

Re: Design for new indoor emclosure

Thanks for the useful advice. Easy to forget to account for the depth of the substrate isn't it. The feeding platform, I was thinking of having it just as a square or even triangle in one of the back corners, just enough room for food bowls, boris and room to manouvre and having the ramp against the...
by Teddy28
09 Feb 2020, 14:13
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Design for new indoor emclosure
Replies: 7
Views: 661

Design for new indoor emclosure

[attachment=1]20200208_131426_resized_1.jpg[/attachment]Hi All, This is the design for a new indoor enclosure for Boris (recently acquired elderly Horsfield) Thanks already Nina for you comments back in November, how time flies. The table will be 6ft long by 2 and a half ft wide, it will sit on top ...
by Teddy28
05 Feb 2020, 21:09
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Urates
Replies: 8
Views: 836

Re: Urates

Thanks Nina, he did have a six or eight week period when he was doing his best to hibernate but now he's bringing himself out of his hidey hole and waiting under the lamp for it to come on in the mornings. He's also going in search of his food now whereas a month ago I was having to put it in front ...
by Teddy28
05 Feb 2020, 18:00
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Urates
Replies: 8
Views: 836

Re: Urates

Hi just a quick update on Boris's urates. They are much better now. Bathing once or twice a day and fresh sow thistle leaves, plantains and his current favourite - juicy navelwort and his urates are a lovely soft white consistency. He's be away at his foster home for a week whilst I've been on holid...
by Teddy28
05 Feb 2020, 17:54
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: New owner rescue horsfield
Replies: 17
Views: 1035

Re: New owner rescue horsfield

What a lovely story and what a lucky little tortoise
by Teddy28
16 Jan 2020, 22:19
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Urates
Replies: 8
Views: 836

Re: Urates

Hi Nina yes I try to make sure his leaves are wet. He's not interested in cucumber but I'll keep offering it to him. He definitely seems to have come thru his 'must hibernate' phase so hopefully things will improve with his urates.
Will keep you posted
Thanks again
by Teddy28
16 Jan 2020, 21:58
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Urates
Replies: 8
Views: 836

Re: Urates

Hi Lin His urates have been a little bit pink for about a week I'd say and they have been grittier than usual. Today was the first time I'd seen a stone. Having said that, I was able to squash the stone between my fingers once it had dried. He's been having baths every other day since September but ...
by Teddy28
16 Jan 2020, 17:32
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Urates
Replies: 8
Views: 836

Urates

Hi there Boris (No 10) Horsfield has started eating rather well now that he is getting used to the fact that he is over wintering rather than hibernating this year (I've only had him since September and he had quite a heavy worm count) . He's been having regular baths but hasn't eaten for periods of...