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by Heather
06 Feb 2019, 11:01
Forum: Aquatic Species
Topic: Indoor pond breeding mosquitos(?)
Replies: 2
Views: 571

Re: Indoor pond breeding mosquitos(?)

I like Austin already - thanks for that link Lin.

The evaporation rate is already quite high (2 - 3 small buckets a week)...& the terrapins would love the fish....

;)

Heather
by Heather
04 Feb 2019, 19:50
Forum: Aquatic Species
Topic: Indoor pond breeding mosquitos(?)
Replies: 2
Views: 571

Indoor pond breeding mosquitos(?)

In the last couple of weeks, many (not thousands, thankfully) mosquito-like insects have been emerging from the turtle pond in my conservatory. It's 'fun' catching them - they are messier than I expected when squashed, & my technique is improving.... My question is - can anyone suggest an insecticid...
by Heather
05 Jan 2019, 11:19
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Female - male mating behaviour!!
Replies: 10
Views: 679

Re: Female - male mating behaviour!!

...be sure to see my ps (edit)

;)
by Heather
05 Jan 2019, 11:09
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Female - male mating behaviour!!
Replies: 10
Views: 679

Re: Female - male mating behaviour!!

:D
Thanks Lin!!

Phew :roll:

Heather

ps - Sorry - forgetting my manners!....Happy New Year to Tortoise Table folks around the world, but especially to Lin & Nina, & others who reply & are so very positive & helpful with their advice. MUCH appreciated.
by Heather
04 Jan 2019, 23:21
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Female - male mating behaviour!!
Replies: 10
Views: 679

Female - male mating behaviour!!

Achillea, you may remember, came to me nearly 3 years ago, as a 9y/o male called Achilles, & then laid some eggs..... Recently she has become fascinated by my plastic indoor 'shoes' - those sort of slip-ons, that I think might be beach-wear - that I wear all the time indoors. They are mauve, & I rat...
by Heather
03 Jan 2019, 09:48
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Growth ongoing?
Replies: 1
Views: 234

Growth ongoing?

Hi all - As Achillea approaches her teenage years, & is putting on weight very gently on her weed based diet, it occurred to me to ask whether tortoises ever stop growing? I guess they slow down when approaching 'terminal size'? How big do I expect my lovely bijou Hermann's to grow regards weight & ...
by Heather
13 Nov 2018, 09:32
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: My dream come true!
Replies: 7
Views: 701

Re: My dream come true!

Just seen this thread, & the gorgeous pictures - so very cute!

Heather 8-) :D ;)
by Heather
08 Nov 2018, 10:54
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Hint of red in urine
Replies: 5
Views: 620

Re: Hint of red in urine

I had my current rabbits vac'd for the first time recently - there's a no.2 strain of RHD, also known as VHD2, & I know it's now local. I lost my first gorgeous 'discarded' Fluffy white buck to a badger....if only I'd gone out to put them in just a couple of minutes earlier...I totally understand th...
by Heather
07 Nov 2018, 20:54
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Hint of red in urine
Replies: 5
Views: 620

Re: Hint of red in urine

Thanks Lin - I remember my panic some years back when my first rabbit - a discarded buck - pee'd bright red up the walls! Normal in rabbits..... :shock:
by Heather
07 Nov 2018, 20:07
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Hint of red in urine
Replies: 5
Views: 620

Hint of red in urine

Hi - should I be concerned? Twice now I have seen a hint of red in Achillea's urine. In herself she is fine & dandy & normal. She free-ranges indoors, having her own preferred areas & her UV light in a warm area. She is eating slightly less this month. She does like purple pansies, so I wonder if th...
by Heather
03 Aug 2018, 16:47
Forum: Aquatic Species
Topic: Shop bought diet
Replies: 1
Views: 1442

Shop bought diet

Hi - I have now had x3 Red Eared Sliders & a very special Southern Painted turtle for 2 years. (RES aged 28, 28 & 10-ish, Painted 28). The previous owner of the x3 older beasties fed them ZooMed Natural Aquatic Turtle Food, & then added in some dried shrimps & silk worm larvae for variety, at least ...
by Heather
30 Jul 2018, 15:48
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Guelder-rose
Replies: 3
Views: 507

Re: Guelder-rose

Thanks both - yes very helpful. Mine aren't the 'snowball' flower type, but the more lax type - with open florets around the edge of a flattish inflorescence (if I'm using the term correctly!). I believe it's the wild version - I'm lucky to have several trees / bushes. Very pretty leaves / autumn co...
by Heather
29 Jul 2018, 16:04
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Guelder-rose
Replies: 3
Views: 507

Guelder-rose

Hi - I have one leaning (ever lower!) over Achillea's outdoor area, so wonder where it lies in the green / orange / red league. I also note your comments about hawthorn, which mentions leaves & berries, but not the flowers (except for their colour). Do the flowers also contain cyanide I wonder? Than...
by Heather
16 Jul 2018, 13:26
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Verbena Lanai
Replies: 8
Views: 864

Re: Verbena Lanai

Excellent link - my equivalent reference for axolotls to 'TTT' is www.axolotl.org, run by a Brit. called John Clare.

Also - there was a whole BBC prog. about them a few weeks back. Google: BBC nuns & axolotls for loads of links.

Did I smile!! :D

Heather
by Heather
15 Jul 2018, 23:08
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Verbena Lanai
Replies: 8
Views: 864

Re: Verbena Lanai

At school I have a chest freezer in which in summer I keep a rotating stock of frozen 2L bottles of water, plus a couple of 2L tubs of frozen rain water, & on the Friday before last I used most of them. I haven't had to resort to this at home previously, as I had my tanks outdoors in undergrowth by ...
by Heather
15 Jul 2018, 20:05
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Verbena Lanai
Replies: 8
Views: 864

Re: Verbena Lanai

Ross-on-Wye - a solid 4 hours. SUCH a relief. One of my other passions is axolotls, who can't cope with water temperature above 18-20degC max for long. Nightmare. I've had to create a 'cold room' with several tanks for mine at home. As luck would have it I found a mobile air conditioner in a charity...
by Heather
14 Jul 2018, 17:09
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Verbena Lanai
Replies: 8
Views: 864

Re: Verbena Lanai

Thanks Nina - I bought the plants a couple of months back (I realise the recommendation about new plants) & it has recently started to spread & blossom freely & drop flowers. I'm not intending to 'feed' it at all, just wanted not to worry if Achillea picks up the odd dropped flower. It's in a pot ab...
by Heather
14 Jul 2018, 12:57
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Verbena Lanai
Replies: 8
Views: 864

Verbena Lanai

Hi - I've looked up Verbena, & see that 'shrub verbena' is poisonous. I think the pretty trailing verbena I have (Lanai - Early Deep Red) comes under the 'garden verbena' heading, judging by the leaves. It's a hybrid by Syngenta according to the label. Achillea has widened her munching this year to ...
by Heather
28 Jun 2018, 15:38
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Any idea what this trefoil is please?
Replies: 5
Views: 419

Re: Any idea what this trefoil is please?

Wow - thanks Lin - I have never even heard that name before, or knowingly seen it, & I do normally recognise plants, even if I can't pin them down.

Presumably the leaf colour is variable, as mine has very distinct colouration, & one of your photos is plain green.

Heather
by Heather
28 Jun 2018, 15:20
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Any idea what this trefoil is please?
Replies: 5
Views: 419

Re: Any idea what this trefoil is please?

Me again with another photo which better shows the hooky / spikey seed pods, & that the flowers (like tiny pea flowers) are individual (if fuzzy!)

[attachment=0]Mystery plant showing seeds.jpg[/attachment]

Heather
by Heather
28 Jun 2018, 11:14
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Any idea what this trefoil is please?
Replies: 5
Views: 419

Any idea what this trefoil is please?

[attachment=0]Mystery plant in meadow.jpg[/attachment] In the meadow at work (school) & I've failed miserably! Sprawling habit, amongst Black Medic, grass & white clover, mainly, with tiny yellow pea-type flowers singly, sort of in pairs, & larger spikey pods than one would expect from such a tiny f...
by Heather
26 Mar 2018, 16:25
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Arum maculatum - a small nibble!
Replies: 5
Views: 615

Re: Arum maculatum - a small nibble!

Crikey - I'd never heard of raphides before. I've now done a bit of reading & realise their mode of action. I had no idea. Fascinating (or horrifying...)!

I have often wondered how animals tend to avoid poisonous plants. Sometimes smell I guess. Sometime instinct?...Then sometimes not.

Heather
by Heather
25 Mar 2018, 20:41
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Weed identification please
Replies: 5
Views: 650

Re: Weed identification please

How about 'cut-leaved Cranesbill' or similar. One look at those leaves made me think tiny (almost minute) pink flowers...?

Heather
by Heather
25 Mar 2018, 19:20
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Arum maculatum - a small nibble!
Replies: 5
Views: 615

Re: Arum maculatum - a small nibble!

Thank you both. She's fine in herself, charging about as usual, eating as usual, etc. I have a theory.....these are very new leaves. Surely, this type of substance builds up over time as the leaves mature, so that very young leaves will have a very low level of the oxalate, if any? Might this be why...