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by Nina
20 Jul 2019, 15:30
Forum: Rehoming
Topic: REHOMED - Two Hermann's needing a forever home
Replies: 0
Views: 14

REHOMED - Two Hermann's needing a forever home

Honey and Harry the two Hermann's, are around 6 years old and located near Bathgate, which is sandwiched between Glasgow and Edinburgh. They need to find a good, tortoise experienced forever home. Their owner feels they need more than they can offer right now and so has made the brave decision to re...
by Nina
13 Jul 2019, 21:39
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: New outdoor enclosure
Replies: 16
Views: 942

Re: New outdoor enclosure

Hi Daire and welcome to The Tortoise Table! Yes, Charlie is old enough to be outside, although maybe not when it is cold or raining if he doesn't have a good shelter, and I think I would bring him in at night, just in case there are predators about. We have some guidelines on building an outdoor enc...
by Nina
08 Jul 2019, 09:50
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Groot’s new 4 storey mansion
Replies: 5
Views: 140

Re: Groot’s new 4 storey mansion

Oh my goodness, that is absolutely amazing! It must have taken a lot of thought and effort, but it certainly looks like Groot is enjoying it, and he will definitely get loads of exercise! Those ramps are steep, but my tortoises can climb walls that are almost vertical (people don't realise what good...
by Nina
03 Jul 2019, 22:12
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Drinking on his own
Replies: 4
Views: 123

Re: Drinking on his own

Hi, and thanks for contacting us. Some Horsfields don't seem to drink from their bowl and some do (I have one that does and one that doesn't). The standard procedure for all tortoises is to bathe them every other day in warm water up to where their top shell meets their bottom shell (almost up to th...
by Nina
03 Jul 2019, 21:11
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Outdoor enclosure free -- collect from Rickmansworth
Replies: 11
Views: 285

Re: Outdoor enclosure free -- collect from Rickmansworth

Hi Joe,
Great to hear from you, and also to know that your Lumisol is still working really well. Susan, who had that frame made, used your article and instructions and she has been super happy with it. Isn't it nice that the sun has finally come out in the UK? I thought it never would!

Nina
by Nina
03 Jul 2019, 12:59
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Outdoor enclosure free -- collect from Rickmansworth
Replies: 11
Views: 285

Re: Outdoor enclosure free -- collect from Rickmansworth

Gosh, I don't know if any group who would want to buy in bulk (although the Wiltshire Tortoise Group are very active, and it's possible that they might be interested). Here is a link to their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Community/Wiltshire-tortoise-group-507676632577460/ an...
by Nina
02 Jul 2019, 13:59
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Outdoor enclosure free -- collect from Rickmansworth
Replies: 11
Views: 285

Outdoor enclosure free -- collect from Rickmansworth

A good sized outdoor set-up is being offered free to anyone who is willing to collect it from the Rickmansworth area. It measures approximately 9' x 12' and was built according to Tortoise Trust guidelines (here is the article that inspired it http://www.tortoisetrust.org/articles/climateframe.html ...
by Nina
30 Jun 2019, 10:12
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Substrate query
Replies: 10
Views: 243

Re: Substrate query

Can't wait to see your deluxe outdoor enclosure! I always think they like things to walk over and under, so I have one of those large curved roofing tiles like this https://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/M1504-Half-Round-Begin-hip-Tile_1713202544.html in mine. It wasn't quite high enough for mine to...
by Nina
29 Jun 2019, 21:49
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: ‘Baby’ marginated indoor or outdoor!
Replies: 6
Views: 636

Re: ‘Baby’ marginated indoor or outdoor!

For the water source, if by 'pond' you mean something that is deep, where the tortoise couldn't stand in the middle of it with his head out of water, then you definitely don't want a pond. Tortoises cannot swim, and he would drown. What many people use outside is one of those plastic or ceramic larg...
by Nina
29 Jun 2019, 20:02
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Substrate query
Replies: 10
Views: 243

Re: Substrate query

How nice it is to be a tortoise in your care! I could have used a little of your spray misting myself this afternoon -- it was amazingly (and uncomfortably hot this afternoon in my garden! Nina Teddy28 wrote: > Hello Nina yes it's Tortollini. How nice of you to remember. He's had a day > in the suns...
by Nina
29 Jun 2019, 12:53
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Substrate query
Replies: 10
Views: 243

Re: Substrate query

Is this little Tortollini that has been ill? I hope this nice sunshine speeds up his recovery! And sorry for calling you Pete in an earlier posting -- I'd just been answering a post from Peter on another thread.
:oops:
Nina
by Nina
28 Jun 2019, 21:20
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Substrate query
Replies: 10
Views: 243

Re: Substrate query

I spot clean the tortoise table and save all my tortoise poo in a big plastic bucket with a lid, and then I either distribute it on the flower beds or dig it into the compost in the containers where I grow courgettes, beans, etc. Why throw away a natural fertiliser? :D

Nina
by Nina
28 Jun 2019, 18:42
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Substrate query
Replies: 10
Views: 243

Re: Substrate query

Hi Pete, I'm so sorry he's been poorly, but hopefully the treatment now wil bring him back to full health. Re substrate -- I'm assumng that you are using a soil (soil/playsand mixture) substrate, so my advice is based on that. I put mine on the garden lower beds mainly, or in the garden waste collec...
by Nina
27 Jun 2019, 21:12
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Advice about puffy and closed eyes
Replies: 66
Views: 14758

Re: Advice about puffy and closed eyes

Oh Rachel, I am so sorry -- and you must be devastated! You've done everything you possibly could, and at least she isn't suffering any more. Sometimes there really isn't anything you can do to help an animal, and I think it was an act of kindness to have her put to sleep as she had put up a good fi...
by Nina
27 Jun 2019, 18:26
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: ‘Baby’ marginated indoor or outdoor!
Replies: 6
Views: 636

Re: ‘Baby’ marginated indoor or outdoor!

Hi Chaika, Many species of tortoise do live in very hot countries, and they tend to come out to feed in the morning and early evening, and hide out during the hottest part of the day. So digging him a little hideout, or providing some shelter in a shady spot would be a good idea. You could make an u...
by Nina
27 Jun 2019, 17:09
Forum: Identification of Plants from outside of the UK
Topic: Wollemi Pine
Replies: 1
Views: 141

Re: Wollemi Pine

Oh wow, I'd love a Wollemi Pine -- your own fossil tree! Achillea shouldn't want to eat it as the needles are high in tannins and fairly bitter to the taste (here is our entry for pine https://www.thetortoisetable.org.uk/plant-database/viewplants/?plant=845&c=4#.XRTpUY97m9s but you really can't pred...
by Nina
26 Jun 2019, 17:12
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Grassland Weed ID please
Replies: 8
Views: 303

Re: Grassland Weed ID please

Well, the future doesn't look bright. I found this report: https://www.theverge.com/2015/5/25/8654333/ragweed-pollen-climate-change-allergies-study and this https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/news/red-alert-ragweed-allergy and this map https://laidbackgardener.blog/tag/common-ragweed/ So...
by Nina
26 Jun 2019, 14:22
Forum: African Species
Topic: My little Nova
Replies: 4
Views: 367

Re: My little Nova

Hi Chaika, It really doesn't matter much. Most people mix it 50/50, but my tortoises seem to prefer a slightly higher proportion of soil. The main thing is to keep it from getting too dusty, so you give it a light spray every day, or pour some water on it every few days and mix it in, but not so tha...
by Nina
24 Jun 2019, 08:50
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Advice about puffy and closed eyes
Replies: 66
Views: 14758

Re: Advice about puffy and closed eyes

I'm thinking now that maybe the numb leg could be a result of the injection (although I've never heard that before). The reason I asked which leg it was is that sometimes if both rear legs are dragging then it is a sign of serious kidney problems. Fingers crossed that you have some answers and a goo...
by Nina
23 Jun 2019, 19:18
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Advice about puffy and closed eyes
Replies: 66
Views: 14758

Re: Advice about puffy and closed eyes

Oh dear, Rachel, I feel so sorry for you and Baz. It is definitely not right that she is dragging a leg around and that it seems numb. I would ring the practice tomorrow, ask to speak to the vet you saw, and tell them that she is dragging one of her legs. Is it one leg or both, and is it a front or ...
by Nina
23 Jun 2019, 19:11
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Weight loss worry
Replies: 3
Views: 116

Re: Weight loss worry

Hi Kirsty, I'm glad that he's doing well, and that you're feeling less stressed about him (lol, don't get complacent though because there are always new things to get stressed about with tortoises :) I wouldn't think about worming unless you have reason to think he might have worms. If you think he ...
by Nina
22 Jun 2019, 16:45
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Tortoise acting different
Replies: 5
Views: 192

Re: Tortoise acting different

Hi DC92 (sorry I don't know your name), and welcome to The Tortoise Table. There could be a variety of reasons why Halloumi (great name by the way) has got lethargic. You mention that he is in a tank -- is this a glass and wood enclosed vivarium type of set-up or is it an open-topped tortoise table?...
by Nina
21 Jun 2019, 13:01
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Advice about puffy and closed eyes
Replies: 66
Views: 14758

Re: Advice about puffy and closed eyes

That sounds great, Rachel, and I do hope it goes well today. Yes it will be difficult to get a sample if he isn't eating, but sometimes they can do a little swab through the cloaca. Three years old is probably too young to sex him/her as they usually need to be five or six years old, but sometimes y...
by Nina
21 Jun 2019, 09:45
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Advice about puffy and closed eyes
Replies: 66
Views: 14758

Re: Advice about puffy and closed eyes

Hi Rachel, Reptiboost is good, and I would definitely recommend using it. It is really important that you consult a vet who has qualifications to treat exotics, so I hope that the vet you are seeing today does have that expertise. Have you checked out our list of recommended reptile vets (they are l...
by Nina
20 Jun 2019, 23:17
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Weight loss worry
Replies: 3
Views: 116

Re: Weight loss worry

Hi Kirsty, Don't worry -- I think he will be fine. I've seen the photos of your table on the other thread (see my comments) and that looks really good (and thank goodness you didn't buy a vivarium to put him in!). From your description he sounds like a really happy, active tortoise and it is possibl...