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by Nina
01 Mar 2021, 14:13
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Shell worry!!
Replies: 3
Views: 132

Re: Shell worry!!

Hi Bex, Her plastron does look very cracked and deeply worn in places, and it's a mystery because you said she walks tall and holds her shell off the ground, so it's not as if it is being constantly scraped on the ground. Obviously they do scrape it walking over stones and things, but that wouldn't ...
by Nina
28 Feb 2021, 22:47
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Humid hide
Replies: 1
Views: 19

Re: Humid hide

Hi Charlotte, Welcome to The Tortoise Table. Just to check -- when you sa you were told that 'this isn't suitable material for a humid hide', were you talking about the moss (I assume it is sphagnum moss) or the wooden box? I think a wooden box could present problems because if it is very damp over ...
by Nina
25 Feb 2021, 19:11
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Compost.
Replies: 2
Views: 85

Re: Compost.

I think that if he has grown them from seed in the autumn, then they will have used up a lot of any fertiliser that was in the compost by now, and as he hasn't added any more fertiliser I don't tihnk it is much of a problem. Actually fertiliser, while not good, is not super dangerous --- it is much ...
by Nina
24 Feb 2021, 09:32
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Lovely day!!
Replies: 4
Views: 163

Re: Lovely day!!

Hi Bex, If I remember correctly, you got Tiny in 2016 or 2017, and you were certainly right not to hibernate her that first year, as she was unwell and you had only just got her. But she should be fine to hibernate now (meaning next year as it's a bit late for that now). Did you give her a winding d...
by Nina
23 Feb 2021, 20:14
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Greenhouse as outdoor enclosure
Replies: 6
Views: 213

Re: Greenhouse as outdoor enclosure

Your plans for security of the enclosure sound really good and well thought out -- and I'm looking forward to seeing it! It's absolutely normal to be frightened of hibernating (we all are), but to be honest it is best for the tortoise. There's an interesting thing about Horsfields. In the wild they ...
by Nina
23 Feb 2021, 17:04
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Leopard
Replies: 8
Views: 308

Re: Leopard

Hi Polly, So sorry you had problems getting onto the site. We had a bit of work done on the website and forum over the weekend, so that might have caused a few problems. Do click the 'remember me' button the next time you sign on and hopefully you won't have to type in your password again. That is g...
by Nina
23 Feb 2021, 12:39
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Greenhouse as outdoor enclosure
Replies: 6
Views: 213

Re: Greenhouse as outdoor enclosure

Hi Tracy, It's a great idea to give Rex an outdoor run that he can access from the greenhouse, and I think it could work well. And I agree that it isn't a good idea to allow access to the whole garden for a Horsfield, because they will inevitably burrow down under a bush or something at some point a...
by Nina
23 Feb 2021, 09:14
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Teasle or bristly ox tongue?
Replies: 2
Views: 137

Re: Teasle or bristly ox tongue?

Really sorry to be so late in responding! We were having a little work done on the website over the weekend, and it was only this morning that we got notification of posts that had come in between Saturday and today. Hmm, I can't quite decide either, but I'm leaning towards Teasel because they tend ...
by Nina
23 Feb 2021, 08:55
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Greenhouse as outdoor enclosure
Replies: 6
Views: 213

Re: Greenhouse as outdoor enclosure

Hi Tracyann, and welcome to The Tortoise Table! I'm so sorry that we're a bit late in responding to your post, but we were having a bit of work done on the Forum and website over the weekend and we've only just got notification of posts from Sunday and Monday. It's a lovely little Horsfield you've g...
by Nina
21 Feb 2021, 08:37
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Jemimas summer-house
Replies: 4
Views: 138

Re: Jemimas summer-house

No problem, Jody -- just let me know when you want them, as I usually have loads of it that seeds itself in the enclosure and will be happy to send you some.

Nina
by Nina
20 Feb 2021, 22:15
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Lovely day!!
Replies: 4
Views: 163

Re: Lovely day!!

Oh my goodness -- I can't tell you how much that lifted my spirits! I feel like springtime has arrived -- what lovely photos! My two are still languishing in the fridge, but they'll be out the first week in March and I hope they have weather like Tiny and Speedy had today. Thanks so much for cheerin...
by Nina
20 Feb 2021, 20:21
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Leopard
Replies: 8
Views: 308

Re: Leopard

Hi Polly, and thanks for getting back to us and for posting that photo. After you have bathed his eyes in the morning and they open, then do they stay open for the rest of the day? I'm so sorry to keep asking questions, but how and where in his enclosure did you measure the temperature? It shouldn't...
by Nina
20 Feb 2021, 10:30
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Are Mosses OK in an Outdoor Enclosure?
Replies: 1
Views: 74

Re: Are Mosses OK in an Outdoor Enclosure?

Hi Mekie, Great to hear from you, and I hope that Michigan isn't under piles of snow and ice like a lot of the rest of the country! Sphagnum moss should be absolutely fine to plant, and it won't harm Steve if he eats some. Here is our entry for it: https://www.thetortoisetable.org.uk/plant-database/...
by Nina
19 Feb 2021, 17:04
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Too Late to Hibernate?
Replies: 1
Views: 47

Re: Too Late to Hibernate?

Hi Geman, I suppose you could hibernate him now, but he would first have to go through the winding down procedure first (and for a three-year old that would be just over two weeks without food and gradually decreasing temperatures). I think I would probably wait until next year to hibernate him, as ...
by Nina
18 Feb 2021, 12:15
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Leopard
Replies: 8
Views: 308

Re: Leopard

Hi Polly, Great to hear from you again, and I'm sorry to hear that your little Leopard is having some eye problems. I do remember last June that he had some problems with his energy levels and you ordered a new bulb kit and saw an improvement, but this is obviously a different problem. Just to check...
by Nina
18 Feb 2021, 11:21
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Jemimas summer-house
Replies: 4
Views: 138

Re: Jemimas summer-house

Hi Jodie, Ahh, Spring can't be far behind when thoughts of outdoor enclosures come into our heads! Well done for getting a head start. Re Drainage. I think sufficient drainage with paving stones and soil on top depends on your soil and if there is sufficient space between the paving stones to let wa...
by Nina
14 Feb 2021, 22:20
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Ragwort or Prickly Sow Thistle?
Replies: 3
Views: 176

Re: Ragwort or Prickly Sow Thistle?

Lin has had a look, and she is sure it's Ragwort, so please don't feed it. Sorry to be the bearer of disappointing news!

Nina
by Nina
14 Feb 2021, 21:50
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Ragwort or Prickly Sow Thistle?
Replies: 3
Views: 176

Re: Ragwort or Prickly Sow Thistle?

It's a bit hard for me to tell, because I can't enlarge this on my computer, but I think it might be Ragwort. Does it have little prickles/spines along the edges of the leaves? If not then it probably isn't Prickly Sowthistle. I'll ask Lin to have a look.

Nina
by Nina
12 Feb 2021, 15:24
Forum: News, Announcements and Events
Topic: Help please.
Replies: 12
Views: 650

Re: Help please.

Good question about diet, as tortoises are often fed inappropriate food. Mediterranean tortoises like Burt need a high fibre/low protein diet, and no fruit at all (their digestive systems don't cope well with the natural sugars in fruit). Salad leaves can be fed if nothing else is available, but the...
by Nina
12 Feb 2021, 15:11
Forum: News, Announcements and Events
Topic: Help please.
Replies: 12
Views: 650

Re: Help please.

Sounds like you've been busy -- am really looking forward to seing Burt's newly redecorated home ! What sort of UVB lamp did you buy -- a mercury vapour ones that is light bulb shaped or a fluorescent tube one? Glad you've taken the heat mat out. A red bulb really isn't necessary, unless it gets sup...
by Nina
12 Feb 2021, 09:04
Forum: News, Announcements and Events
Topic: Help please.
Replies: 12
Views: 650

Re: Help please.

What a lovely little chap he is (or it might be 'she', as it's difficult to sex tortoises before they are about five or six years old). If you want to send us a photo of his underside, clearly showing his tail, we could have a good guess. Thanks for the photo of your table -- and well done for havin...
by Nina
11 Feb 2021, 22:08
Forum: News, Announcements and Events
Topic: Help please.
Replies: 12
Views: 650

Re: Help please.

Hi Mrslums and welcome to The Tortoise Table. How lovely to have welcomed a tortoise into your family! We can provide lots of advice on care, enclosures, etc., but it does help if we know the species of the tortoise (and if we do then we can send you a care sheet for that species). Regarding his enc...
by Nina
11 Feb 2021, 21:15
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: White stone
Replies: 9
Views: 306

Re: White stone

Yes, that's right, and I think I got sidetracked a bit. The urates (which can become bladder stones) are a product of protein digestion, and I was wondering if really slow digestion (which happens when the tortoise's diet consists of a lot of long fibres), might process any protein in the diet more ...
by Nina
11 Feb 2021, 20:08
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: White stone
Replies: 9
Views: 306

Re: White stone

Toothpaste consistency is fine, so I'm really not sure what caused the stone, but an excess of calcium (like your Nutrobal supplement won't have caused it). Tortoises do need lots of calcium to support all that bone and shell, and with young ones like yours they should be having a small pinch of Nut...
by Nina
11 Feb 2021, 19:54
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: White stone
Replies: 9
Views: 306

Re: White stone

Here's the bladder stone that is being talked about. Other than dehydration and high levels of protein in the diet I'm not sure what the cause is, unless it is something about the way that this particular tortoise isn't processing the uric acid properly. If anyone has any ideas, please post. Nina [a...