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by Nina
14 Nov 2019, 10:41
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Calcium
Replies: 9
Views: 456

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: 5
Views: 375

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: 336

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: 5
Views: 375

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: 336

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: 5
Views: 375

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: 3278

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: 456

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: 456

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: 458

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
10 Nov 2019, 11:32
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: ciao a tutti vengo dall Italia
Replies: 1
Views: 253

Re: ciao a tutti vengo dall Italia

Benvenuto nel forum! Sei un custode di tartaruga? Non molte persone parlano italiano qui, quindi se potessi postare in inglese sarebbe di grande aiuto. Nina Translation: Welcome to the forum! Are you a tortoise keeper? Not many people speak Italian here, so if you could possibly post in English that...
by Nina
05 Nov 2019, 16:51
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: horsfield behaviour
Replies: 6
Views: 458

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: 458

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: 673

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...
by Nina
01 Nov 2019, 09:14
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: First time hermanns tortoise owner!
Replies: 62
Views: 3278

Re: First time hermanns tortoise owner!

Yes, I meant to add 'OUCH!' as a caption to that photo. :shock: :shock:

Nina
by Nina
31 Oct 2019, 17:24
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: First time hermanns tortoise owner!
Replies: 62
Views: 3278

Re: First time hermanns tortoise owner!

It is fantasticto watch them dig a deep nest and actually lay the eggs. It's all done with their hind legs, so that can't see what they are doing, and the nest is about as deep as the height of the tortoise if it was standing upright on its hind legs. Doris's eggs are never incubated because she has...
by Nina
31 Oct 2019, 12:51
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: First time hermanns tortoise owner!
Replies: 62
Views: 3278

Re: First time hermanns tortoise owner!

Hi Hannah, When you're typing a response to a post, just below the box you are typing in is a list of 'options' (disable smilies, etc.) the fourth one is 'Notify me when a reply is posted', and if you tick that box, you'll get an email when anyone responds to your post. I wouldn't worry at all about...
by Nina
31 Oct 2019, 10:06
Forum: Rehoming
Topic: Tyson from North Devon needs a new home
Replies: 0
Views: 450

Tyson from North Devon needs a new home

Tyson, a 10 yr old Hermanns from North Devon, is in need of a great home in the West Country area, but the current owner is willing to arrange transportation to meet up with the correct applicant, if needed, in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Dorset or Hampshire. This has been a difficult decision but th...
by Nina
30 Oct 2019, 22:06
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Food bowls
Replies: 6
Views: 673

Re: Food bowls

Hi Misty,

Here is that photo and instructions for turning a viv into a better habitat for a tortoise. I haven't tried it, but it might give you some ideas on what to do with yours:
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Nina
by Nina
30 Oct 2019, 09:37
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Food bowls
Replies: 6
Views: 673

Re: Food bowls

Hi Misty, I think you're going to provide a great home for these tortoises! If you can get rid of the vivs that would be best, but as a temporary measure, if the viv has sliding doors on the front, you can take those off and put a board up against the front (just high enough that the tortoises can't...
by Nina
29 Oct 2019, 12:09
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Replanting and growing
Replies: 6
Views: 627

Re: Replanting and growing

The protein content is fairly low, so that's not too bad, but I'm not that happy about the high alfalfa content (see our alfalfa entry), and also flour and maize. Still, I think this will be OK if you continue to feed it as only a small part of the diet. I had some of it to test several years ago, a...
by Nina
28 Oct 2019, 22:30
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Replanting and growing
Replies: 6
Views: 627

Re: Replanting and growing

What a sweet looking little tortoise! Great picture and thanks so much for sending it (lol, and do send more as we never get tired of looking at photos of cute tortoises)! I've had a look in various places, but I can't find the protein content of your ProRep Tortoise Food. Does it say on the contain...
by Nina
28 Oct 2019, 22:24
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Food bowls
Replies: 6
Views: 673

Re: Food bowls

Hi MIsty and many thanks for contacting us. Congratulations on rescuing your two Horsfield tortoises -- they are a great species (but then I'm prejudiced because I have Horsfields). :D Regarding wasting food, they don't actually need a lot of food. Let me explain. In the wild, Horsfields live in cou...
by Nina
28 Oct 2019, 11:19
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Replanting and growing
Replies: 6
Views: 627

Re: Replanting and growing

Hi MandiG, and congratulations on getting your little Hermann's (I'll bet he is gorgeous)! New flowers on your violas should be OK, as any insecticide sprayed on the plant before it reached the supermarket would have affected existing growth only. How pretty those original flowers must have looked o...
by Nina
25 Oct 2019, 09:12
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: First time hermanns tortoise owner!
Replies: 62
Views: 3278

Re: First time hermanns tortoise owner!

Ha, ha -- yes, I have been through the same panic -- several times. And when they are outdoors in their enclosure, I have at least one panic per day because they have obviously disappeared and been kidnapped, only to find them sat in the shade of some decorative grass, two inches from my feet -- or ...