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by Nina
19 Jun 2019, 20:57
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Advice about puffy and closed eyes
Replies: 51
Views: 13458

Re: Advice about puffy and closed eyes

Hi Rachel and thanks for contacting us. I'm so sorry to hear about Baz and his health problems, and it does sound as if he has gone through a lot. Do you mind if I ask a couple of questions, as it will help us to know what sort of advice to give you. 1. Is your vet a reptile/exotics vet, or is he or...
by Nina
16 Jun 2019, 21:13
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Plant ID...
Replies: 2
Views: 43

Re: Plant ID...

Hi again, Lin and I have just conferred and we are sure that it isn't a Black Locust, but is in fact a Smoke Tree (Cotinus coggygria) the gold variety, and here is a photo of the leaves, which are much more like yours: https://www.waitrosegarden.com/plants/_/cotinus-coggygria-golden-spirit-ancot-pbr...
by Nina
16 Jun 2019, 20:04
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Plant ID...
Replies: 2
Views: 43

Re: Plant ID...

Hi Marcus, It looks to me a bit like a Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia 'frisia'), but I'm not quite sure as I can't quite see the way the leaves come off the branch or the leaf stalk. in the Robinia you get 10 - 5 leaves, opposite each other on a long leaf stalk, and I can't see if yours are like...
by Nina
16 Jun 2019, 08:43
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Smilax
Replies: 6
Views: 194

Re: Smilax

That's great to know that there were no problems with the Smilax -- thanks for the update, Pete!

Nina
by Nina
16 Jun 2019, 08:40
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Couple of quick questions
Replies: 5
Views: 71

Re: Couple of quick questions

Hi Pete, Re the Spiderwort. We have two entries for Spiderwort -- this one https://www.thetortoisetable.org.uk/plant-database/viewplants/?plant=334&c=5#.XQXwcI97m9s and this one https://www.thetortoisetable.org.uk/plant-database/viewplants/?plant=482&c=5#.XQXwwo97m9s but both of them have the same f...
by Nina
16 Jun 2019, 08:30
Forum: African Species
Topic: My little Nova
Replies: 1
Views: 40

Re: My little Nova

Oh wow, Pete -- she's gorgeous! How old is she, and how much does she weigh? I'm so glad to see the soil in your yard. In the UK there is a big debate about what substrates a tortoise should live on in an indoor enclosure. We usually advise a mixture of 50% topsoil and 50% sand, but some people say ...
by Nina
15 Jun 2019, 11:36
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: New outdoor enclosure
Replies: 14
Views: 660

Re: New outdoor enclosure

Hi Dino, Great that you've joined us here! Tortoises do really benefit from being outside, as the UVB from the sun is of a much higher quality than that produced by the special lamps we use (and they get UVB even if it is cloudy). So if you could get your two outdoors when it is warm and sunny I thi...
by Nina
15 Jun 2019, 11:32
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Size difference
Replies: 1
Views: 50

Re: Size difference

Hi Dino and welcome to The Tortoise Table, Yes, it can happen -- in the same way that some people are naturally bigger than other people. It can also be the case though that the larger tortoise is hogging the food a bit. Do they both eat roughly the same amount at meals, or is the larger one crowdin...
by Nina
15 Jun 2019, 09:31
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Plant ID please
Replies: 3
Views: 153

Re: Plant ID please

It certainly does look similar, but in this case I don't think it is Broomrape. The flowers on Broomrape are slightly hooded or more tubular -- you can see that from these close-up photos https://wildflowerfinder.org.uk/Flowers/B/Broomrape(Common)/Broomrape(Common).htm , whereas the flowers on this ...
by Nina
15 Jun 2019, 07:26
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Weed ID please
Replies: 6
Views: 145

Re: Weed ID please

Oops, thanks, Pete. -- you're right -- I did mean to address that message to Jo. We haven't heard from her for a bit, and I wonder if she knows that when you are writing a message on the forum that under the box you are writing in you can tick a little box that says 'notify me when a reply is posted...
by Nina
10 Jun 2019, 08:50
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: substrate
Replies: 3
Views: 174

Re: substrate

It sounds like you've created really excellent environments for your tortoises, Lynn! Please don't hesitate to contact us if you ever have any other questions or problems.

Nina
by Nina
09 Jun 2019, 17:01
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: ID please
Replies: 2
Views: 181

Re: ID please

Well spotted! Yes, that looks like a smooth sowthistle to me. Yummy!

Nina
by Nina
07 Jun 2019, 22:01
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Grassland Weed ID please
Replies: 6
Views: 188

Re: Grassland Weed ID please

Well, Pete, you have just made this discussion more interesting! We were talking about Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea), not Ragweed (Ambrosia spp.). Ragwort is a very common and very toxic plant in the UK and each year deaths of horses that have eaten it are reported. I'm not sure if it grows in the USA....
by Nina
07 Jun 2019, 21:39
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Weed ID please
Replies: 6
Views: 145

Re: Weed ID please

Hi Pete,

If it's Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm) then if you crush one of the leaves hard between your fingers it should be mildly lemon or mint scented. Have a go and let us know what you think.

Nina
by Nina
07 Jun 2019, 21:35
Forum: News, Announcements and Events
Topic: Hey from Florida
Replies: 3
Views: 568

Re: Hey from Florida

Hi Pete, Great to hear from you and yes, I really loved seeing photo of Ava and Nova. Really beautiful healthy looking tortoises and so nice to see them in a natural setting! I can tell you one thing -- they are lucky to live in Florida. Here today it was raining hard and about 59F (so not nice tort...
by Nina
04 Jun 2019, 22:58
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Sleepy Horsfield
Replies: 3
Views: 173

Re: Sleepy Horsfield

That's great that she is in a tortoise table -- it's the best environment for her. What about the temperatures at the hot end and the cool end? Temps are really important as far as tortoise energy and activity are concerned. If you can give me some readings that would really help (and the temp at th...
by Nina
04 Jun 2019, 08:12
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Is Asimina triloba Safe for Tortoises?
Replies: 5
Views: 288

Re: Is Asimina triloba Safe for Tortoises?

I do love Monarchs and hummingbirds, but sadly we don't have either of them in the UK. We do have some other lovely butterflies and birds though (but nothing at all like hummingbirds -- I used to love watching them feed from flowers when I was growing up in Illinois.
by Nina
03 Jun 2019, 21:52
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Horsfield beak
Replies: 10
Views: 198

Re: Horsfield beak

That sounds very sensible to me! Just to let you know, some tortoises don't like Nutrobal and you have to trick them into eating it. The recommended dose is just a small pinch (I think it's one pinch of Nutrobal per kilo of tortoise), and you can trick a tortoise by cutting a very thin slice of cucu...
by Nina
03 Jun 2019, 21:27
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Horsfield beak
Replies: 10
Views: 198

Re: Horsfield beak

Hi Laura, That's good news, but I don't quite understand. I can see how Nutrobal will give him the vitamins and calcium that are beneficial to him (and we definitely recommend the use of Nutrobal with all tortoises), but how will that correct his jaw problem? Did she think that the underbite wasn't ...
by Nina
03 Jun 2019, 19:44
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Is Asimina triloba Safe for Tortoises?
Replies: 5
Views: 288

Re: Is Asimina triloba Safe for Tortoises?

And it's always good to hear from you too, Meckie! Ha, ha has Stevie learned to climb trees (I can just see him shimmering up that giant elm?! :) How great to have a bigger yard, and a wildflower praire -- wouldn't that be fantastic! I love prarie flowers, and in England over the last five or six ye...
by Nina
02 Jun 2019, 18:13
Forum: Rehoming
Topic: UNAVAILABLE - Horsfield - Halifax, West Yorkshire
Replies: 4
Views: 386

Re: Horsfield - Halifax, West Yorkshire

Hi Elaine,
Oops, just saw that you keep Horsfields. Excellent, and please do send us an email as requested in my message above.

Cheers,
Nina
by Nina
02 Jun 2019, 18:11
Forum: Rehoming
Topic: UNAVAILABLE - Horsfield - Halifax, West Yorkshire
Replies: 4
Views: 386

Re: Horsfield - Halifax, West Yorkshire

Hi TortyMum and many thanks for contacting us. Unfortunately, Walter is no longer available, but it sounds to me like you would provide any tortoise with an excellent home, so we would like to keep your interest on record in case another tortoise becomes available. Could you possibly send an email t...
by Nina
02 Jun 2019, 18:00
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Tortoise now in my care
Replies: 6
Views: 226

Re: Tortoise now in my care

Hi Rachel, Tortoises can be really stubborn and are prone to food fads (lol, just like children). We've written an article especially aimed at getting your tortoise to accept a healthier diet: https://www.thetortoisetable.org.uk/tortoise-diet/introducing-a-new-diet/#.XPQAD497m9s Have a read of that ...
by Nina
02 Jun 2019, 17:54
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Sleepy Horsfield
Replies: 3
Views: 173

Re: Sleepy Horsfield

Hi and many thanks for contacting us. I have Horsfields, and they can be a bit unpredictable sometimes. Could you possibly send us a photo of her set-up? It might just need a bit of a tweaking to get it right and get her going again. It's great that you are giving her regular baths, as hydration is ...
by Nina
01 Jun 2019, 09:39
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: substrate
Replies: 3
Views: 174

Re: substrate

Hi Rainbow (sorry, I don't know your name), and welcome to The Tortoise Table! It's great that you've been reading our site, and I'm glad that you contacted us because it's a very good (and somewhat controversial) question that you ask. There is definitely a minority of tortoise keepers who believe ...