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by Nina
21 Jul 2018, 08:22
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Not sure what this plant is
Replies: 7
Views: 41

Re: Not sure what this plant is

Ooh, I agree with Lin -- he is a very handsome chap, and with such a smooth shell. They do love Campanula, don't they? Here is a photo of mine, taken a couple of years ago in my campanula.

Nina
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by Nina
20 Jul 2018, 21:05
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: She'll concern
Replies: 13
Views: 128

Re: Shell concern

Hi -- I just wrote a reply and submitted it but it seems to have disappeared! So I'll write it again and hope you don't get it twice. Thanks so much for the update, and what a relief it must be to know that Tortilla is OK. You're certainly right about torts not giving away much about their health, a...
by Nina
20 Jul 2018, 19:39
Forum: African Species
Topic: A day in the life....
Replies: 5
Views: 26

Re: A day in the life....

Well you are a very adventurous chap, Speedy, and I really enjoyed seeing what you do in a typical day. In fact your days are so interesting that I think you should write a blog -- you could become famous! Love Nina (and Doris and Dolly who are very envious because their days are nowhere near as int...
by Nina
20 Jul 2018, 19:28
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Not sure what this plant is
Replies: 7
Views: 41

Re: Not sure what this plant is

What a lovely chap Zuma must be -- it would be great to see a photo of him. People are always asking us about plants to plant in the tortoise enclosure, and we do have to tell them that unless they give the plant some protection it will be completely gone before you know it. I find that an upturned ...
by Nina
16 Jul 2018, 08:22
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: tortoise weighing
Replies: 1
Views: 56

Re: tortoise weighing

Good morning Andy and Madge! As you say, if she is gaining weight then she must be eating something, and 2g gain sounds fine (although if you weigh them just before or just after a poo it can make an amazing difference!). We usually aim for an average weight gain of between 1g - 4g per month, and th...
by Nina
16 Jul 2018, 08:01
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: enclosure related problem please help
Replies: 1
Views: 69

Re: enclosure related problem please help

Hi Apoorv and thanks for contacting us. Indian Stars are beautiful tortoises and as far as I can see their temperature should range from 27C - 32C (but not much higher than 32C. Here is a care sheet for them: http://www.reptilesmagazine.com/Care-Sheets/Turtles-Tortoises/Indian-Star-Tortoise/ but I a...
by Nina
16 Jul 2018, 07:38
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Verbena Lanai
Replies: 8
Views: 111

Re: Verbena Lanai

You've really got this sorted, haven't you! The chest freezer at school is a brilliant idea, and there can't be many years like the one we're having now when you would run out of your frozen bottles. That is so interesting about the regeneration! Wouldn't it be great if people could do that after ha...
by Nina
15 Jul 2018, 20:29
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Verbena Lanai
Replies: 8
Views: 111

Re: Verbena Lanai

I'm in Oxford, which is only 65 miles from Ross, but we might as well be on a different planet -- everything is brown and dry and we have several fields that are on fire in the countryside and no way to stop it. I do have a friend in the Welsh Borders and she has had a bit of rain. I really like Ros...
by Nina
15 Jul 2018, 20:14
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: She'll concern
Replies: 13
Views: 128

Re: She'll concern

Oh wow, I love that enclosure -- so much to keep him interested and active! And it's also great that he is exhibiting classic Horsfield behaviour -- climbing, launching himself into space, and no doubt planning the great escape by burrowing out of his little paradise. That means he is happy and heal...
by Nina
15 Jul 2018, 13:35
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: 90 year old tortoise
Replies: 6
Views: 59

Re: 90 year old tortoise

Sorry, photos out of order, but you get the idea!

Nina
by Nina
15 Jul 2018, 13:30
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: 90 year old tortoise
Replies: 6
Views: 59

Re: 90 year old tortoise

I'll bet she is thanking her lucky stars that she has found a home with you! And what a brave -- and correct -- decision you made with Bessie -- that was great that you persevered! My Doris, bless her, lays eggs regularly every year now. Once I realised that the substrate needed to be as deep as a t...
by Nina
15 Jul 2018, 12:36
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: She'll concern
Replies: 13
Views: 128

Re: She'll concern

Is this the handsome Tortollini that we are talking about? I remember you building him lovely areas for him to go in your garden.
I do hope he is fine, and let us know what the vet says!

Cheers,
Nina
by Nina
15 Jul 2018, 11:56
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: She'll concern
Replies: 13
Views: 128

Re: She'll concern

I think that does look like some sort of small bleeding under the shell. Is the surface of the shell scraped or scratched? Has her behaviour changed at all -- lethargy for example? I am probably over reacting, and you could certainly wait a few days to see if it improves or gets worse, but I think i...
by Nina
14 Jul 2018, 19:34
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Verbena Lanai
Replies: 8
Views: 111

Re: Verbena Lanai

OMG -- copious rain??!! Where do you live, Heather? We haven't had a drop of rain here in Oxford for about a month! I envy you :D

Nina
by Nina
14 Jul 2018, 17:09
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: 90 year old tortoise
Replies: 6
Views: 59

Re: 90 year old tortoise

Hi Dee and great to hear from you! Wow, what a responsibility to take on -- but I can't think of a better home for Henley to go to! It certainly does sound as if she has had a terrible life but is obviously one of life's survivors. Re the hand feeding, if you put the food directly in front of her, s...
by Nina
14 Jul 2018, 14:08
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Verbena Lanai
Replies: 8
Views: 111

Re: Verbena Lanai

Hi Heather, Yes, your Verbena lanai should be OK to feed sparingly, as per the advice in the entry for Garden Verbena. I would only feed it sparingly though, and not in moderation or freely. Also, if you have bought the plant recently from a garden centre then you will need to let it grow on and onl...
by Nina
05 Jul 2018, 21:21
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Snapdragon??
Replies: 3
Views: 81

Re: Snapdragon??

They look like Sweet Peas to me. Here is our entry for them https://www.thetortoisetable.org.uk/plant-database/viewplants/?plant=149&c=5#.Wz59XrgnaM8 To get a definitive ID, It's always best if you can show us leaves and flowers, preferably where they are growing out of the ground, but from the flow...
by Nina
05 Jul 2018, 10:05
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Plant ID please
Replies: 2
Views: 41

Re: Plant ID please

Looks like Dock to me, so well spotted.

Nina
by Nina
04 Jul 2018, 16:24
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: New outddor enclosure photos
Replies: 8
Views: 1329

Re: New outddor enclosure photos

Hi MIchael, There was no photo attached to your post, and it might even be better if you start a new thread about your new enclosure. Did you know that when you write a message that there are a set of little boxes under the big box where you write your message, and if you tick the box that says 'not...
by Nina
29 Jun 2018, 19:41
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Advice on this weed please
Replies: 4
Views: 94

Re: Advice on this weed please

Hi Swallow, and welcome to The Tortoise Table! I hesitate to hazard a guess because it's really difficult to ID a plant when part of it has been picked and is in a cup or lying on the table. The reason for this is that especially when there aren't flowers or seed heads, loads of plants have similar ...
by Nina
29 Jun 2018, 12:44
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Big thank you
Replies: 2
Views: 55

Re: Big thank you

That is so kind of you to post this message, Andy -- it really makes all our efforts feel worthwhile! I've really enjoyed our contact (on the phone and by email) and I think Madge is one lucky tortoise to have found a home with you! Please don't hesitate to contact us at any time, and if you would l...
by Nina
27 Jun 2018, 21:07
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: New enclosure for Oreo
Replies: 4
Views: 153

Re: New enclosure for Oreo

Ha, ha -- I do the same. I've had mine for years, so I'm down to only checking every half hour now!
by Nina
27 Jun 2018, 16:59
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: New enclosure for Oreo
Replies: 4
Views: 153

Re: New enclosure for Oreo

I think that looks great, Jo, and Oreo is really going to enjoy it! I always think they enjoy walking on different surfaces, so you could add something like an area of flat stones or pebbles, just to give a different texture to walk on, but it's not necessary. and your enclosure looks super.

Nina
by Nina
27 Jun 2018, 10:34
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Weight Gain
Replies: 20
Views: 3826

Re: Weight Gain

Hi William, Can you fill us in a bit about your tortoises? What species, how old are they, and how much do they weigh. There isn't anything wrong with putting on weight -- they should be putting on weight -- but you just don't want them to grow too quickly. At this time of year they will probably be...
by Nina
27 Jun 2018, 10:23
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Plant ID please
Replies: 17
Views: 370

Re: Plant ID please

Hi Jo,

I'm having a senior moment. That plant looks so familiar but I can't recall what it is. When Lin is up and about I'll bet she will know.

Nina