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by Nina
07 Dec 2019, 13:34
Forum: News, Announcements and Events
Topic: Sir Hector Sends His Love
Replies: 2
Views: 82

Re: Sir Hector Sends His Love

Hi Michelle and all of Sir Hector's family, What a lovely post from you, and it really means a lot to us to know that our efforts are appreciated! It's the nicest Christmas wishes we could have had. And what a handsome chappy Sir Hector is! His shell looks lovely and smooth, and that 's a tribute to...
by Nina
02 Dec 2019, 12:20
Forum: Rehoming
Topic: Rehomed -- Tata -- West London (a home has been found)
Replies: 0
Views: 102

Rehomed -- Tata -- West London (a home has been found)

*Please note that it is The Tortoise Table policy NOT to allow any money to change hands when rehoming a tortoise. Tata is a T. h. hermanni who is roughly 4 years old and possibly female and is looking for someone who can offer a loving warm place in your forever home. Tata eats a good wild tortoise...
by Nina
29 Nov 2019, 19:43
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: help..!
Replies: 1
Views: 135

Re: help..!

Hi Hal and Mummy and thanks for contacting us. Many congratulations on getting your tortoise -- they are wonderful creatures and we will do our best to give you advice to help make a great home for him. First of all, can you tell me what species your tortoise is? If I know his species then I will se...
by Nina
27 Nov 2019, 18:11
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Very fussy tortoise
Replies: 7
Views: 193

Re: Very fussy tortoise

Sorry to come in late on this, but I'm so glad that you are enjoying them, and that they are thriving under your care!
I can't remember -- how did your adaptation of the vivs go? You've done so much work to give these torts a good home.

Nina
by Nina
25 Nov 2019, 17:04
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Very fussy tortoise
Replies: 7
Views: 193

Re: Very fussy tortoise

I can't see everything in it, but I certainly see some good things and it looks like a tasty mixture, so well done! Yes, it can be normal especially at this time of year for them to go off their food a bit. The best way to see if they are eating enough is to keep a record of their growth, so if you ...
by Nina
20 Nov 2019, 23:08
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Two year old indoor tortoise wanting to hibernate I think?
Replies: 5
Views: 441

Re: Two year old indoor tortoise wanting to hibernate I think?

Hi Katrin, I think you are probably right to overwinter him this year, so let me know what you think of the suggestions in that article. You can get extra light into the table by using something like one of those bendy desk lamps that is bent so that the light focuses down into the table. If your te...
by Nina
20 Nov 2019, 21:28
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Two year old indoor tortoise wanting to hibernate I think?
Replies: 5
Views: 441

Re: Two year old indoor tortoise wanting to hibernate I think?

Hi Katrin and thanks for contacting us. This is a very common problem this time of year and it is indeed possible that your tortoise is trying to hibernate. If you haven't had him for a long time and are nervous about hibernating him this year, then you will need to try and keep him awake and alert....
by Nina
20 Nov 2019, 21:05
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Calor gas heater (unflued) safe in room?
Replies: 4
Views: 185

Re: Calor gas heater (unflued) safe in room?

Oh dear -- I can see that Lin's post isn't there now! I think that what happened was that I overwrote her original reply by mistake, instead of posting a new one -- very strange, and a true senior moment! What she had said was that if you are finding the fumes from the heater difficult then it proba...
by Nina
20 Nov 2019, 12:45
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Calor gas heater (unflued) safe in room?
Replies: 4
Views: 185

Re: Calor gas heater (unflued) safe in room?

Gosh, I really don't know. I used to have one very much like that, but it was before I had a tortoise. Maybe someone else will know, and I'll try and do some research and get back to you.

Nina
by Nina
20 Nov 2019, 09:14
Forum: News, Announcements and Events
Topic: Thank You for All You Do!
Replies: 7
Views: 1096

Re: Thank You for All You Do!

I'm so glad that our little gift reached you OK, and thank you so much again for your donation. I'm not sure what target training is, but if the booklet is useful then that is great! I love your card, and that is another really strange coincidence. I'm sure that card is by NIcola Allan, who is based...
by Nina
20 Nov 2019, 09:04
Forum: Lost/Found Tortoises
Topic: Giant Tortoise Found in Hertfordshire
Replies: 2
Views: 87

Re: Giant Tortoise Found in Hertfordshire

Oh my goodness, it takes someone in Michigan to point out to us that a large Sulcata was found in Hertfordshire! I never saw that story when it appeared, and I do hope that they found the owner. It's yet another example of what great escape artists tortoises are! Thanks, Mekie!

Nina
by Nina
16 Nov 2019, 19:32
Forum: Rehoming
Topic: Rehomed -- Bert the Horsfield from Stockport
Replies: 0
Views: 197

Rehomed -- Bert the Horsfield from Stockport

Bert is a handsome Horsfield who needs another home because his brave owner feels she no longer has the time to offer Bert what he needs. He is 4 - 5 years old, has no health issues and eats a healthy diet. Bert lives in a large rabbit cage with uva/uvb bulb and heat light, and this will go with him...
by Nina
14 Nov 2019, 10:41
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Calcium
Replies: 9
Views: 778

Re: Calcium

Hi Misty, It sounds to me like you are providing a really good diet, and you are going to have very happy and healthy tortoises! Re the grape -- that was fine to do, but in general we don't advise feeding grapes because of the sugar content (theirdigestive systems don't cope well with the natural su...
by Nina
14 Nov 2019, 09:16
Forum: News, Announcements and Events
Topic: Thank You for All You Do!
Replies: 7
Views: 1096

Re: Thank You for All You Do!

Thank you so much for your donation -- it was really kind of you! You've been one of our most loyal supporters over the years, and we can't thank you enough! A 10th anniversary is an important one, so I've popped a little something in the mail today from all of us to you and Steve, as a small token ...
by Nina
14 Nov 2019, 00:01
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Male or Female?
Replies: 3
Views: 732

Re: Male or Female?

Yes, I can certainly see why you thought this tortoise might be male. I think it is much more likely to be a question of establishing dominance. I have two female Horsfields. I had one for five years and then a friend gave me another Horsfield that she had bred. My first tortoise (Doris) began chasi...
by Nina
13 Nov 2019, 22:37
Forum: News, Announcements and Events
Topic: Thank You for All You Do!
Replies: 7
Views: 1096

Re: Thank You for All You Do!

Oh my -- I've just looked at your photos on the tortoise forum and they are splendid! Part of it was like going down memory lane, because I remember when Steve was new to you and just finding his feet and exploring, but also there are such lovely photos there. I hadn't seen the 'windmill' position p...
by Nina
13 Nov 2019, 22:29
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Male or Female?
Replies: 3
Views: 732

Re: Male or Female?

Hi Candice, I'm not an expert at sexing tortoises, but she definitely looks female to me. Her tail is shorter than I would expect a male tortoise's tail to be, and her cloaca is in the shape of an asterisk (indicating female), rather than a slit (indicating a male). Also the anal scute is in a wide ...
by Nina
13 Nov 2019, 22:17
Forum: News, Announcements and Events
Topic: Thank You for All You Do!
Replies: 7
Views: 1096

Re: Thank You for All You Do!

And thanks from me too, Mekie! How lovely of you to think of us, and send us such nice compliments. It's been a pleasure to watch Stevie, and his very substantial garden, grow and mature. You can see from his smooth shell what a great life you've given him. is it snowing yet in MIchigan? It's cold a...
by Nina
13 Nov 2019, 13:24
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: First time hermanns tortoise owner!
Replies: 62
Views: 3947

Re: First time hermanns tortoise owner!

As far as I know, that is completely normal. My torts have sort of transluscent edges to the scutes at the back end. And I think the slight curling up of the scutes at the front is normal too. Its good that Ball Toto is getting calcium, and I think he is going to grow up to be a very handsome tortoi...
by Nina
12 Nov 2019, 22:40
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Calcium
Replies: 9
Views: 778

Re: Calcium

If you wet his leaves, you can scrape a thin layer of powder off the cuttlefish with your fingernail, and it will stick to it. Just trying to think of how to get more calcium in them!

Nina
by Nina
12 Nov 2019, 08:24
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Calcium
Replies: 9
Views: 778

Re: Calcium

Which supplement are you using? Nutrobal is the best but it also has a smell that tortoises don't like. For some reason i find that if I wet one side of a leaf and sprinkle a bit of nutrobal on it and then turn that upside down and offer it to the tortoise, they will often eat it -- but not if the n...
by Nina
10 Nov 2019, 13:41
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: horsfield behaviour
Replies: 6
Views: 570

Re: horsfield behaviour

Hi Stephen, The table sounds really good. I had a look at the site and they are nice taables, but I can't see one that has a ramp up to two levels -- just ramps up to one other level, but the size you are getting is good and a ramp will always give them more exercise. What was your model called? Do ...
by Nina
05 Nov 2019, 16:51
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: horsfield behaviour
Replies: 6
Views: 570

Re: horsfield behaviour

Hi Stephen, I would be interrested to know which sites those were that came down on the side of vivs for Mediterranean tortoises (and Horsfields are usually included with Med tortoises as far as care is concerned). Here are links to a couple of articles on the Tortoise Trust website (reckoned to be ...
by Nina
04 Nov 2019, 21:54
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: horsfield behaviour
Replies: 6
Views: 570

Re: horsfield behaviour

Hi Stephen and thanks for contacting us. The fact that your little Horsfield is very active is a good thing (and a bit unusual at this time of year, as most of them are slowing down now, as their hibernation instinct kicks in). I agree with Lin that it is really important to check the temperatures i...
by Nina
04 Nov 2019, 11:32
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Food bowls
Replies: 6
Views: 1077

Re: Food bowls

That's great and it sounds like you've got it all sorted! Levels inside are a really good idea -- I always have a ramp leading up to a second level in my tortoise tables (have attached a photo of one of mine looking down from the second level), and those bendy long thingys are also good, as they lov...