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by Nina
05 Jan 2019, 22:07
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Female - male mating behaviour!!
Replies: 10
Views: 216

Re: Female - male mating behaviour!!

Ha, ha, the thought of you scampering around your garden in your crocs, tryng to escape the amorous attentions of Tortilla, has really made my day. It might be wise to prepare your neighbours in advance for the sexual mayhem that is going to be taking place in your garden this summer! Happy New Year...
by Nina
05 Jan 2019, 11:38
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Female - male mating behaviour!!
Replies: 10
Views: 216

Re: Female - male mating behaviour!!

I also meant to say that it is well known that tortoises will mate with old trainers, rubber balls etc. At the risk of getting your new year off to a shocking start, here is a video of a male tortoise trying to mate with a rubber ball. Sorry if it is offputting, but it's also kind of educational to ...
by Nina
05 Jan 2019, 11:25
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Female - male mating behaviour!!
Replies: 10
Views: 216

Re: Female - male mating behaviour!!

Thanks so much for the kind thoughts, Heather, and Happy New Year to you too! For information (sorry, I've come in late on this thread), my Dolly (who is definitely female) mounts and 'mates' with Doris each year after they wake up from hibernation. She is relentless in doing tis and sometimes she d...
by Nina
03 Jan 2019, 14:56
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Growth ongoing?
Replies: 1
Views: 138

Re: Growth ongoing?

Hi Heather, I'm on shaky ground here as I'm not absolutely sure, but as far as I know tortoises just keep growing until they reach their optimum size (and they do have an optimum size). A lot of factors determine when they stop growing (diet, climatic conditions, etc), so some will stop growing soon...
by Nina
30 Dec 2018, 00:16
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Hibernation
Replies: 4
Views: 120

Re: Hibernation

Hi Catherine,
Your plan is good, but 17c is really warm for the end of wind down. Can you close the door of the room and open the window to try and get the temperature lower? That should slow him down. Good luck and happy hibernation.
Nina
by Nina
28 Dec 2018, 13:16
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Hibernation
Replies: 4
Views: 120

Re: Hibernation

Hi Catyherine, Horsfields are often slow to settle into hibernation (mine move around in their boxes and have their eyes open for a week or more after being put into the fridge (which is very disconcerting!). I think yours will be fine. How cold is your un-heated part of the house? For a five-year o...
by Nina
24 Dec 2018, 05:34
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Amelanchier spp.
Replies: 3
Views: 205

Re: Amelanchier spp.

Hi,
I'm writing this from Uganda, where my signal is limited, but just to say I'm surprised we don't have Amelanchier in the database, as it's a common garden tree/shrub, and I have one in my front garden, so we can easily get photos. We'll write an entry when I get back.

Nina
by Nina
11 Dec 2018, 19:29
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Biting tortoise
Replies: 4
Views: 168

Re: Biting tortoise

Sorry, just about to board my plane, but yes, a couple f hours in a viv won't be terrible. Sorry, have o go, so maybe Linn can come n with more advice.

Nina
by Nina
11 Dec 2018, 17:56
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Biting tortoise
Replies: 4
Views: 168

Re: Biting tortoise

Hi Dot, I really sympathise with you, but this is a really common problem with all species if one male and one female are kept together. Male tortoises are relentless in their pursuit of females and will stress them out by biting and by ramming their shells. The standard advice for keeping males and...
by Nina
11 Dec 2018, 09:35
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Hibernation
Replies: 5
Views: 536

Re: Hibernation

GlAd your fridge seems to be working well, Karon. I think that weighing every two or three weeks should be fine, and it will mean less disturbance for them. And of course it will help to keep temperatures stable (although the temps will fluctuate a bit when you open the door for a few seconds each d...
by Nina
06 Dec 2018, 08:15
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Hibernation problems
Replies: 3
Views: 537

Re: Hibernation problems

Many thanks for the update, and fingers crossed that the new fridge works well. Have you detected any weight gain in Ty since you've been bathing him (to see if he has actually taken on some water in the baths)? Yes, I find hibernation extremely frustrating and for some reason my fridge -- which wor...
by Nina
04 Dec 2018, 12:26
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Hibernation problems
Replies: 3
Views: 537

Re: Hibernation problems

Hi and great to hear from you (although maybe not under such stressful circumstances!). Re Ty. As I'm sure you know, if a tortoise wees in hibernation you need to wake him up as he is in danger of dehydrating, and once you properly wake up a hibernating tortoise you can't put them back. The reason f...
by Nina
25 Nov 2018, 14:36
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Plastron
Replies: 16
Views: 1020

Re: Plastron

Whew, glad that he's exploring again! Don't worry -- he will dig. Tortoises are wary of changes, but he will get used to it and I'm sure will dig in -- probably in his sleeping area, but maybe elsewhere too. Are you happy with the new substrate? I think it is much easier for spot cleaning than bark,...
by Nina
25 Nov 2018, 12:55
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Ideal weight for hibernating my Hermann
Replies: 5
Views: 329

Re: Ideal weight for hibernating my Hermann

Hi Natacha, I think you're probably right in not hibernating her this year, but I'm surprised that someone at Evolution Reptiles told you to wait until she weighed 400g. Evolution Reptiles are a really good store and they give good advice (in fact I was in there yesterday getting some stuff), but re...
by Nina
25 Nov 2018, 10:44
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Ideal weight for hibernating my Hermann
Replies: 5
Views: 329

Re: Ideal weight for hibernating my Hermann

Hi Shelby, Oh dear, I just wrote a reply and it disappeared so I'll try and recreate it! I do think you are right to be concerned, because your tortoise seems to have lost about 14% of her body weight in 8 days and that is a lot. Do you have a record of what she weighed, say, a month or two before y...
by Nina
22 Nov 2018, 11:21
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Plastron
Replies: 16
Views: 1020

Re: Plastron

Aww, bless -- and he looks so sweet in his bath. It might take him a bit of time to get used to the sand/soil, but believe me he will like it eventualy and it is much closer to what he would have in the wild, and what he would dig in. Young tortoises, and all tortoises at this time of year do sleep ...
by Nina
21 Nov 2018, 22:55
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Plastron
Replies: 16
Views: 1020

Re: Plastron

That's great Bob! The fact that you are so willing to make changes indicates to me that you have your tortoise's best interests at heart, and that you're going to be a great tortoise keeper. Do keep us updated, and I'd love to see a photo of your set-up with the new substrate and hear how he likes i...
by Nina
21 Nov 2018, 16:05
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Plastron
Replies: 16
Views: 1020

Re: Plastron

Oh dear -- sorry, but I only looked at the nutrients in my last post (calcium, Vit D3, etc.). I've just looked at the list of ingredients, and it's not great. Cereals aren't good because they tend to be too high in starch, vegetables (unspecified which veg, so don't know if they are good ones or not...
by Nina
21 Nov 2018, 15:25
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Plastron
Replies: 16
Views: 1020

Re: Plastron

Thanks for the pics! Yes, I looked at their website just now and it's not on there, so maybe they have discontinued it. It does have D3 and calcium, so probably OK for him, but I think I would definitely use it every other day, and on the alternate days use something with a higher calcium content li...
by Nina
21 Nov 2018, 11:40
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Plastron
Replies: 16
Views: 1020

Re: Plastron

Hi Bob, I've googled Komodo Tortoise Boost and can't find anything, so could you just check the name? It's just that I wanted to see the ingredients to see what the calcium and vitamin D3 content is, as it's really important for tortoises to have a high calcium intake to support their growing shells...
by Nina
21 Nov 2018, 10:32
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Plastron
Replies: 16
Views: 1020

Re: Plastron

P.S. Sorry, have just seen the other photos too. It's a really nice looking table you've got for him, so well done! The only thing I might change is the wood chip. Horsfields are burrowing tortoises and they like nothing better than to burrow down into a soil-based substrate. A mixture of sterilised...
by Nina
21 Nov 2018, 10:25
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Plastron
Replies: 16
Views: 1020

Re: Plastron

Hi Bobbers and thanks for contacting us. It's difficult to say whether your tortoise has a shell problem, without seeing it in person, but I do understand your concern, given the bad experience you had with the other tortoise -- and I am so sorry to hear about that, as it must have been a terrible t...
by Nina
20 Nov 2018, 17:23
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Substrate for my Marginated?
Replies: 4
Views: 309

Re: Substrate for my Marginated?

Good luck Pete, and if you have time it would be great to see a photo of your set-up with the new substrate in. I do love Marginated tortoises, those adult males with the flares scutes at the rear -- I think they look so elegant. I've attached a photo of some that belong to a friend of mine (I think...
by Nina
20 Nov 2018, 07:43
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Substrate for my Marginated?
Replies: 4
Views: 309

Re: Substrate for my Marginated?

Hi Pete, Yes, you are right -- substrate is the source of a lot of debate. We have found that the best substrate is the one nearest to what the tortoises would live on in nature, and this -- for most species (including Marginated torts) -- is a mixture of topsoil and sand. Most people mix it 50/50, ...
by Nina
17 Nov 2018, 10:54
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: New Baby Tortoise
Replies: 11
Views: 1293

Re: New Baby Tortoise

That's great news, Ripley -- and well done to the pet shop for agreeing to take the viv back and give you a credit. Good lamps are expensive, so I'm sure you'll be able to use that credit note. Tortoises can take a temperature down to about 12C - 14C at night, and most houses don't fall below that, ...