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by Nina
20 Apr 2018, 21:45
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Weed/plant help please
Replies: 4
Views: 19

Re: Weed/plant help please

No problem, Jennny -- that's what we're here for. Hope you get on well with the wildflower book. I have loads of wildflower books. The one I tend to use most often is The Wild Flower Key by Francis Rose, but there are loads of other really good ones. Have a good look through the book before you buy ...
by Nina
19 Apr 2018, 11:24
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Weed/plant help please
Replies: 4
Views: 19

Re: Weed/plant help please

Hi Jennifer, No problem -- and it's great that you are tryng to ID more of the weeds in your garden. If you get a really good UK wildflower book, they usually have lots of photos and can be a great help. Here are IDs and links to the entries on our database for your plants in the first post. 1. Herb...
by Nina
17 Apr 2018, 22:21
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Water Dish!
Replies: 19
Views: 45

Re: Water Dish!

Ha, ha -- I was thinking that the tortoise pebble collector would be in the same class as the crazy tortoise bag ladies who are to be seen walking up and down verges around the country and stuffing their carrier bags with weeds -- and now I find out that you fit both stereotypes! It sounds like the ...
by Nina
17 Apr 2018, 21:04
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Water Dish!
Replies: 19
Views: 45

Re: Water Dish!

Well, that looks excellent! I like the dish -- and I assume that even though it is not as deep as the other dish, the water is still deep enough for him to put his head in and have a nice drink. I shall wait with baited breath for tomorrow's report on how successful this is (but I do think you've cr...
by Nina
17 Apr 2018, 18:45
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Tiny's new outside enclosure
Replies: 9
Views: 36

Re: Tiny's new outside enclosure

Well, it's posts like yours that make it all worthwhile -- and thank you for being such a loyal supporter of the TTT! It's a great idea to keep moving things around to keep her interest up -- lol especially when she eats some of those lovely plants down to the ground and trashes some of the neat lit...
by Nina
17 Apr 2018, 18:12
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Water Dish!
Replies: 19
Views: 45

Re: Water Dish!

Oh you are so lucky! What a beautiful part of the country. I live in Oxford, which is about as far from the sea as you can get in the UK (well, not sure -- Birmingham might be a tiny bit further). :(

Nina
by Nina
17 Apr 2018, 17:30
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Tiny's new outside enclosure
Replies: 9
Views: 36

Re: Tiny's new outside enclosure

Bex you've done a fantastic job! What a lovely enclosure, and having the wire on top will mean that she can be safe and get the UVB during the day, and then closing the lid at night will keep her secure too. I think you have made a brilliant little enclosure -- lots of things to interest Tiny -- dif...
by Nina
17 Apr 2018, 17:08
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Water Dish!
Replies: 19
Views: 45

Re: Water Dish!

People will wonder who that crazy beachcomber is, filling bags with pebbles! How lucky you are to live by the seaside -- which beach are you near?

Nina
by Nina
17 Apr 2018, 14:36
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Water Dish!
Replies: 19
Views: 45

Re: Water Dish!

Hi Laura, I think they were almost all found, including a bit of an amonite that you can see at the back, but I might have bought some of the smaller pebbles at one point because they were pretty (but they just get tossed around and end up everywhere (still it gives them something to play with). I t...
by Nina
17 Apr 2018, 11:53
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Water Dish!
Replies: 19
Views: 45

Re: Water Dish!

OK, here are some photos of my water dish. It's just a plastic plant pot saucer. I have a bigger table than yours, so I can afford to have a larger area of stones around mine, but actually those little pebbles that are around the outer edge aren't necessary -- they just give extra texture to walk on...
by Nina
17 Apr 2018, 08:17
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Water Dish!
Replies: 19
Views: 45

Re: Water Dish!

Just getting ready to go to my class, so will respond more fully later, but yes, I think taking the lid off the sleeping area to start with is a good idea. And maybe even try putting the water dish in there at one end if it will fit. Maybe that means it couldn't be moved around as much and get as mu...
by Nina
16 Apr 2018, 22:45
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Nipplewort?
Replies: 2
Views: 18

Re: Nipplewort?

Yes, that is indeed Nipplewort -- well done!

Nina
by Nina
16 Apr 2018, 22:38
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Water Dish!
Replies: 19
Views: 45

Re: Water Dish!

Hi Laura, Lin has given good advice, and please don't panic yet and put wood chips in. The other thing to remember about wood chips is if Vera trashes the water bowl and the wood chips get wet and stay wet then they can go mouldy, which is not a good thing. Did Vera ever trash his water bowl in the ...
by Nina
16 Apr 2018, 21:30
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Supplements - Calcium Power and Nutrobal
Replies: 8
Views: 193

Re: Supplements - Calcium Power and Nutrobal

Aww, that is a tortoise doing what comes naturally! Tortoises do love to bury themselves, and if your substrate is deep enough they will bury themselves completely (which is scary because you think they have escaped). She probably has fallen asleep -- and young tortoises sleep a lot. Indoors mine ta...
by Nina
16 Apr 2018, 21:17
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: New Herman today
Replies: 7
Views: 39

Re: New Herman today

That is great that Mabel is eating -- she's obviously happy in her new home. To keep the sand/soil mix from getting dusty and in Mabel's eyes, you can spray it every day or two, or pour a bit of water on the substrate and mix it up well. What you want is for it to be the teeny tiniest bit damp, but ...
by Nina
16 Apr 2018, 18:44
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Supplements - Calcium Power and Nutrobal
Replies: 8
Views: 193

Re: Supplements - Calcium Power and Nutrobal

Hi Natacha, I would give Nutrobal every other day if possible, for a young one like yours -- just a tiny pinch, and on the days you don't give Nutrobal then I would sprinkle limestone flour or pure calcium carbonate on the food (torts usually will happily eat the limestone flour or calcium carbonate...
by Nina
16 Apr 2018, 10:08
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Supplements - Calcium Power and Nutrobal
Replies: 8
Views: 193

Re: Supplements - Calcium Power and Nutrobal

Hi Natacha, and welcome to The Tortoise Table, You can start a new thread or continue on this one -- no problem. Tortoises not liking Nutrobal is a really common problem. Mine don't like the taste of it either. I can usually get them to eat it by smearing a little bit on a very thin slice of cucumbe...
by Nina
16 Apr 2018, 09:49
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: New Herman today
Replies: 7
Views: 39

Re: New Herman today

Hi Louise, I think Mabel's enclosure is really nice -- and those big pebbles you've got in the middle provide interest, something to climb over, and they help to break up the sightlines (if tortoises can see from one end of their enclosure to the other without interruption then they get a bit bored)...
by Nina
15 Apr 2018, 22:27
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Tortoise Table
Replies: 44
Views: 2164

Re: Tortoise Table

Ha, ha. Thanks for posting that, Rachel. LOL, Rachel and I have been trading stories tonight about our tortoises' great escapes -- heart stopping stuff, and it's amazing how clever they are, and how they can climb vertical surfaces with bodies that weren't exactly designed for that! Your chicken wir...
by Nina
15 Apr 2018, 17:31
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Tortoise Table
Replies: 44
Views: 2164

Re: Tortoise Table

Wow - his outdoor enclosure looks superb - have you thought of hiring yourself out as an architect/personal shopper for the tortoise-keeping community? I really like that, and it just goes to show what you can do if you don't have a garden available -- lots of people could take inspiration from that...
by Nina
15 Apr 2018, 16:56
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Tortoise Table
Replies: 44
Views: 2164

Re: Tortoise Table

Oh my goodness, that looks like a little tropical paradise with those plants and things. I call that a job well done! You must be really pleased and Vera will absolutely love it! I can't remember -- does she have an outdoor enclosure in the warmer weather?

Nina
by Nina
15 Apr 2018, 08:26
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Tortoise Table
Replies: 44
Views: 2164

Re: Tortoise Table

What beautiful animals -- thanks so much for the photos! Frankie's home looks brilliant -- set up so nicely, and he really seems to be enjoying it too. I think Matilda is absolutely gorgeous -- how old is she? And what a lovely puppy (lol, what a big puppy) Shelby is -- and he looks really sparky an...
by Nina
14 Apr 2018, 22:30
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: New Herman today
Replies: 7
Views: 39

Re: New Herman today

Hi Mabel and congratulations on getting your little Hermann's tortoise! I think she is just settling in and wouldn't worry at all about her not eating yet. The fact that she has been out for a wander is great. What are the temperatures you are getting at the hot end of your enclosure and at the cool...
by Nina
14 Apr 2018, 22:19
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Tortoise Table
Replies: 44
Views: 2164

Re: Tortoise Table

It's amazing isn't it. Your thermometer probe is probably only an inch or two away from the centre of the circle of light from your lamp and it's about 5 degrees different. Think of what the difference must be for those people who have one of those little round thermometers stuck on a wall 6 or 7 in...
by Nina
14 Apr 2018, 20:18
Forum: Identification of Plants from outside of the UK
Topic: Plant identification from Cyprus
Replies: 1
Views: 15

Re: Plant identification from Cyprus

Hi, many thanks for contacting us and thanks for the photos, which are good. I'm not quite sure on this one and so am doing some more checking, and I've asked Lin to have a look and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. Actually, I'm just wondering if it is one of the Purslanes. Are any of the ...