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by Nina
11 Apr 2021, 16:53
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Weight
Replies: 3
Views: 291

Re: Weight

Hi Amber, I wouldn't be concerned at all at this point. Sometimes the circumstances in which you weigh him can make a difference -- for example they can lose a couple of grams just having a poo. Also, is the latest weight with the new scales and the original weight with different scales? At low weig...
by Nina
10 Apr 2021, 12:59
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Shell damage Hermann's
Replies: 5
Views: 236

Re: Shell damage Hermann's

Hi Richard and welcome to you and Izzy from me too. Just to add to what Lin has said, if you do go to a vet, make sure it is a vet who is qualified to treat 'exotics'. There are some good vets in Scotland, and you could check out the Scotland section of our recommended vets list here: https://www.th...
by Nina
05 Apr 2021, 13:54
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Humid hide
Replies: 3
Views: 616

Re: Humid hide

Thanks! I've seen better tables, but mine seem to do OK in this. The best thing about it is the second level. They are always running up and down the ramp to see if there is any food for them on the top level (I feed them up there most of the time, because they get extra exercise and it keeps the fo...
by Nina
05 Apr 2021, 13:43
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Weight
Replies: 3
Views: 291

Re: Weight

Hi Amber, What sort of different readings are you getting? I just use an inexpensive set of kitchen scales (not sure what brand it is). One thing that can happen is if you put the tortoise on the scales and he is moving about a bit (especially if his legs are on the scales), then the weights will ch...
by Nina
03 Apr 2021, 10:34
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Light bulbs
Replies: 1
Views: 79

Re: Light bulbs

This shouldn't be happening. A bulb should last for a year or two, and I'm wondering if something in your fitting is causing it to blow. Is the fitting a ceramic one or a plastic one, and what wattage are your bulbs? If I remember from before you had a 100W bulb (lol, you need that in the Outer Hebr...
by Nina
03 Apr 2021, 10:14
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Update on Jemima
Replies: 6
Views: 268

Re: Update on Jemima

Plants/gardens/wildlife -- are an especially nice distraction in a lockdown! :D

Nina
by Nina
02 Apr 2021, 22:19
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Design for new indoor emclosure
Replies: 12
Views: 3806

Re: Design for new indoor enclosure

Ha, ha -- I love your posts. The dimensions for your table sound great (bordering on luxurious), so I think this is one lucky tortoise that you will be adding to your family. Have attached a couple of photos of my table. It's amazing how quickly they learn things. When I first put mine in the table,...
by Nina
02 Apr 2021, 18:58
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Design for new indoor emclosure
Replies: 12
Views: 3806

Re: Design for new indoor emclosure

It's a really good question about table size, and I'm afraid that 'the bigger the better' is actually the answer, although because that's not very specific it's bound to cause uncertainty. The reason why you should make the table as large as you can in whatever space you have is because in the wild ...
by Nina
02 Apr 2021, 09:08
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Update on Jemima
Replies: 6
Views: 268

Re: Update on Jemima

Hi Claire, Yes, you can -- I've seen it in lots of garden centres. It's called Carex 'Frosted Curls'. If you Google Carex Frosted Curls it's available from Crocus, Bakker, and on Ebay as well. It's nice because it doesn't get huge. Other carex grasses are nice too -- some lovely variegated ones that...
by Nina
01 Apr 2021, 12:17
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Birds
Replies: 2
Views: 169

Re: Birds

It is possible for a bird to take a tortoise (and we once heard of a magpie taking a hatchling), but if you are outdoors with Dynamite then that wouldn't happen. If you Google outdoor tortoise enclosures and have a look, you'll get lots of ideas, and we have an article on the principles of outdoor e...
by Nina
01 Apr 2021, 12:14
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Indoor Table Substrate - Recommendations
Replies: 1
Views: 88

Re: Indoor Table Substrate - Recommendations

Hi Allyce, I'm really surprised that Wicke's topsoil is growing plants and fungus -- it's usually good, and I thought it was sterilised (which would have killed any weeds seeds). I'm not sure there is one good brand. You can try Homebase or one of the others -- just makes sure it says that it is ste...
by Nina
31 Mar 2021, 18:02
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Update on Jemima
Replies: 6
Views: 268

Re: Update on Jemima

Hi Jody, Ha, ha -- I love the idea of Jemima walking around with her house on her back -- do send a photo! Yes, no problem with sending you the grass. It will only be a small clump (easier to post and more likely to survive), but it grows really quickly and you should have a big clump in no time -- ...
by Nina
31 Mar 2021, 17:40
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Temporary outside enclosure suggestion?
Replies: 9
Views: 297

Re: Temporary outside enclosure suggestion?

A rabbit run could be OK, as long as you put a board or something up all around it at ground level, so that he can't see out (if they see out then the continually try to get out, and it's frustrating for them). Also, you need to make sure with a rabbit run that he won't dig down, under and out. But ...
by Nina
31 Mar 2021, 17:29
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Help sexing young Hermann
Replies: 11
Views: 1596

Re: Help sexing young Hermann

Ahh, that makes sense. I am just getting ready for two female Horsfields to lay eggs. One has been laying every year, about two weeks after emerging for hibernation, for the last six or seven years, and I think the other one is going to lay for the first time this year. It's much more stressful for ...
by Nina
31 Mar 2021, 12:58
Forum: Identification of Plants from outside of the UK
Topic: Tropical Weed ID
Replies: 8
Views: 562

Re: Tropical Weed ID

Good detective work! I'm not sure about the Parietaria, as it doesn't appear to have square stems (although the stems do appear to have grooves in them, which can sometimes make them look square). I think you (and Lin) might be on to something with the Spermacoce, and I've been looking into its nutr...
by Nina
31 Mar 2021, 08:28
Forum: Identification of Plants from outside of the UK
Topic: Tropical Weed ID
Replies: 8
Views: 562

Re: Tropical Weed ID

Hi Jeloz, Thanks so much for the latest photos. Yes, it is as I thought, in the Lamiaceae family, as it definitely has a square stem, and the flowers are carried below the leaves like many of the species in that family. The problem is that there are over 230 genera and 6,000 species in that family, ...
by Nina
30 Mar 2021, 12:51
Forum: Identification of Plants from outside of the UK
Topic: Tropical Weed ID
Replies: 8
Views: 562

Re: Tropical Weed ID

Hi Jeloz and welcome to The Tortoise Table!. Many thanks for the photos. It's a little hard for me to tell without a flower because many plants have leaves like this, so could you send a photo of the buds that you are seeing underneath the leaves? It looks to me like this is a plant in the Lamiaceae...
by Nina
29 Mar 2021, 09:18
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Temporary outside enclosure suggestion?
Replies: 9
Views: 297

Re: Temporary outside enclosure suggestion?

If you look on places like Pinterest, there are loads of ideas for outdoor enclosures -- some good and some not so great. Not sure if this link will work for you, but here's a screen with lots of links to other sections showing tortoise enclosures: https://tinyurl.com/35pmd22t and more https://www.p...
by Nina
28 Mar 2021, 22:33
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Temporary outside enclosure suggestion?
Replies: 9
Views: 297

Re: Temporary outside enclosure suggestion?

Hi Nic, What a fabulous new garden you have -- such possibilities! Personally, for a temporary run I would buy the tallest log roll (I think it's 18") and sink it into the ground about 8" and use that. It's cheap and good for temporary enclosures. Unfortunately you need to put the pretty p...
by Nina
28 Mar 2021, 22:22
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Help sexing young Hermann
Replies: 11
Views: 1596

Re: Help sexing young Hermann

Hi CritterMama and welcome to The Tortoise Table, it is really difficult to sex young tortoises. They don't have to be fully grown, but you usually can't sex them accurately until they are 5 or 6 (although there are exceptions). The shape of the cloaca is one of the main ways to determine sex, along...
by Nina
27 Mar 2021, 14:47
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Tortoise enclose
Replies: 10
Views: 486

Re: Tortoise enclose

Well done for doing the foraging -- you will have a very healthy tortoise if he is fed on a natural diet. He's only tiny, so he won't be eating that much. Just keep a record of his weight and that is the best way to tell if his intake of food is sufficient. When you weigh him, try and do it under ro...
by Nina
27 Mar 2021, 14:31
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Tortoise pellets
Replies: 2
Views: 356

Re: Tortoise pellets

Hi Amber, Some of the pellets nowadays are better than the old ones, but mainly they tend to be a bit too high in protein (tortoises need a low protein/high fibre diet), and have things in them that tortoises would not normally eat (like corn and soy). There are some that are better now though, but ...
by Nina
27 Mar 2021, 13:26
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Worming advice
Replies: 2
Views: 219

Re: Worming advice

Hi Jody, Aww, poor Jemima. 120epg isn't actually that high, but probably high enough to treat. Paper is the right surface for her to be on, but you do need to change it frequently, so that if she poos on it she doesn't get reinfected (and you might see some worms in the poo too). Do you know what me...
by Nina
26 Mar 2021, 23:21
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Hatchling Health?
Replies: 5
Views: 308

Re: Hatchling Health?

Hi Spike and Violet and welcome to the Tortoise Table! And many congratulations on your little Hermann's (what's her name by the way?). They are a super little species and I can tell you've already fallen in love with her! You probably already have a care sheet, but if you don't then here's a link t...
by Nina
24 Mar 2021, 18:22
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Started on outdoor enclosure.
Replies: 3
Views: 139

Re: Started on outdoor enclosure.

This looks amazing, Claire -- and so well thought out. Like Lin, I'm really looking forward to seeing the finished product!

Nina