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by Bigjoe
05 Apr 2018, 20:30
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Tortoise Observation Records booklet
Replies: 2
Views: 363

Tortoise Observation Records booklet

Thank you for the excellent booklet that arrived today..very professional and well thought out. This is a must for any Tortoise keeper new or old and I can’t recommend this enough.. Ladies you all are a credit to the Tortoise world...now do one on Turtles :lol: Remember Turtlevilles doors are always...
by Bigjoe
07 Oct 2017, 20:53
Forum: Aquatic Species
Topic: When keepers get it completely wrong...
Replies: 11
Views: 2393

Re: When keepers get it completely wrong...

Correct Nina..this is a very deep pond with natural substrate,they have had plenty of time to acclimatiz to their new home,I've been to some good ponds in Kentucky where maps are both summer and winter time,one winter the ice was so thick you could stand in it...how they survive in these conditions ...
by Bigjoe
27 Jun 2017, 22:38
Forum: North American Species
Topic: A couple of Snaps from Big Joe
Replies: 3
Views: 1346

Re: A couple of Snaps from Big Joe

Hi all ...beautiful female common Snapping Turtle picked up from the road in southern Indiana while on one of our Turtle trips,this time of the year the females leave rivers/ponds to find suitable sites to lay their eggs..unfortunately they wander on to the highways..Turtles and automobiles are not ...
by Bigjoe
18 Jun 2017, 09:59
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Suitable wood for building outdoor enclosure
Replies: 21
Views: 4250

Re: Suitable wood for building outdoor enclosure

Just checked for you on eBay and there's lots out there for sale..go for the new ones as I've mentioned..it's a lot less work.
Your need to seal them when your build is done,I've always used marine grade varnish to seal the wood..tough stuff and safe.
by Bigjoe
18 Jun 2017, 09:54
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Suitable wood for building outdoor enclosure
Replies: 21
Views: 4250

Re: Suitable wood for building outdoor enclosure

eBay Teddy..just picked up 3 yesterday..13 ft boards £12 each..go for the ones that have not passed the safety checks and cannot be used for scaffolding.they are new..no sanding for you,but you need to go and pick them yourself as you don't want any with splits down them..
by Bigjoe
13 Jun 2017, 20:55
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Suitable wood for building outdoor enclosure
Replies: 21
Views: 4250

Re: Suitable wood for building outdoor enclosure

Hi Teddy28 I've got to try to resize pictures to post for you,I've taken more of my Horsfield set-up for you,the green steel mesh was built at my workshop,welded mesh to L shape steel them powder coated for a tough safe Finnish,they are very heavy to lift,this was on purpose to make it extremely dif...
by Bigjoe
08 Jun 2017, 13:21
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Suitable wood for building outdoor enclosure
Replies: 21
Views: 4250

Re: Suitable wood for building outdoor enclosure

I'm just about to fly back to the U.K today,I'll get some more picks up with build details over the weekend to give you some ideas.
by Bigjoe
05 Jun 2017, 02:56
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Suitable wood for building outdoor enclosure
Replies: 21
Views: 4250

Re: Suitable wood for building outdoor enclosure

Lin I'll jump on this when back from Kentucky...hold on I did do a build for set-ups like this a year or so back ...write up is over on the Tortoise Trust site ..link below but you'll have to sign in to view pics..I'll get busy as soon as back in the U.K http://www.tortoisetrustforum.org/phpbb3_live...
by Bigjoe
14 May 2017, 23:45
Forum: Aquatic Species
Topic: When keepers get it completely wrong...
Replies: 11
Views: 2393

Re: When keepers get it completely wrong...

One of two ponds Nina..the other pond was a little to far from the house but just as beautiful...we have a little group of wonderful Turtle ladies who all have amazing ponds/lakes and love Turtles,between them we have rehomed 10 with them...yep she does have real bad MBD..apart from this she is very...
by Bigjoe
14 May 2017, 20:36
Forum: Aquatic Species
Topic: When keepers get it completely wrong...
Replies: 11
Views: 2393

Re: When keepers get it completely wrong...

Two more pics of little Philly and their new home
by Bigjoe
14 May 2017, 20:35
Forum: Aquatic Species
Topic: When keepers get it completely wrong...
Replies: 11
Views: 2393

When keepers get it completely wrong...

This is what happens when incorrect diet,habitat,husbandry is applied....female Mississippi map Turtle...little one was taken From the previous keepers along with two others that surprisely weren't suffering from MBD,apparently all were purchased at the same time but that doesn't sit still with me.....
by Bigjoe
10 May 2017, 19:47
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: New Horsfield
Replies: 4
Views: 1612

Re: New Horsfield

Agree Elaine beautiful little Horsfield and shell looks fine..Andy excellent use of a towel during soaking ,gives the little guy traction rather than scrambleing about on a flat surface.
Joe
by Bigjoe
05 May 2017, 18:56
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Scruffy Tortoise!
Replies: 7
Views: 1522

Re: Scruffy Tortoise!

Now that is one beautiful Tortoise..
by Bigjoe
02 May 2017, 19:22
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Scruffy Tortoise!
Replies: 7
Views: 1522

Re: Scruffy Tortoise!

Hi laurat..where is Vera housed.. :?: when this is happening..Tortoise Table or outside set-up..I've never had a filthy Tortoise when they are outside nor have I ever seen a filthy Tortoise in the wild and I've seen a few..but kept in a Tortoise table yes all of mine will walk thru their water dishe...
by Bigjoe
23 Apr 2017, 18:22
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Substrate
Replies: 13
Views: 3726

Re: Substrate

Lots more if needed...
by Bigjoe
23 Apr 2017, 18:18
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Substrate
Replies: 13
Views: 3726

Re: Substrate

Found and resized them..
by Bigjoe
23 Apr 2017, 18:11
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Substrate
Replies: 13
Views: 3726

Re: Substrate

I often wonder where people get their knowledge from regarding this sand topic.. :?: ..make it up or just pulled from somebody's opinion.. :?: .what about Gopherus polyphemus ( Gopher Tortoise) native to the southeastern United States..worth reading up on this Tortoise's habitat..Testudo Graeca Grae...
by Bigjoe
17 Apr 2017, 18:47
Forum: Rehoming
Topic: Hermanni female Carmarthanshire - REHOMED
Replies: 5
Views: 1924

Re: Hermanni female Carmarthanshire - REHOMED

Wonderful news
by Bigjoe
09 Apr 2017, 18:46
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Busy in the sunshine
Replies: 3
Views: 1305

Re: Busy in the sunshine

This set- up was built a few years back to house two Horsfield males,bubba and Memphis..split into two as they are very very aggressive towards each other,built using scaffolding boards ,sealed with marine varnish..very very heavy and almost impossible to bust into,I'll get pics up of the steel secu...
by Bigjoe
09 Apr 2017, 18:41
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Busy in the sunshine
Replies: 3
Views: 1305

Re: Busy in the sunshine

Just a few more
by Bigjoe
09 Apr 2017, 18:39
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Busy in the sunshine
Replies: 3
Views: 1305

Busy in the sunshine

With the beautiful spring weather this weekend miss paula and I got busy with the Horsfield set-up.
15 bags of new top soil,truck full of stones,Hebes and various safe plants...cold beer and all day to mess around.
by Bigjoe
21 Mar 2017, 23:27
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Testudo Graeca Ibera pics
Replies: 12
Views: 3960

Re: Testudo Graeca Ibera pics

I'd say you did the right thing..similar story with Reno my Horsfield female..I'll post some before and after pictures of her in a new topic..
by Bigjoe
21 Mar 2017, 18:07
Forum: News, Announcements and Events
Topic: Talk on Tortoise Diet, April 9th, 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 2855

Re: Talk on Tortoise Diet, April 9th, 2017

Got this pencilled in Nina,hoping to attend with miss paula
by Bigjoe
21 Mar 2017, 18:05
Forum: Aquatic Species
Topic: Common musk Turtle
Replies: 3
Views: 1435

Re: Common musk Turtle

Very interesting Elaine...does UV pass thru all that algae ?..Musks aren't known for basking unlike sliders and spend most of the time on the bottom but a basking area should still be provided,as this picture shows they do bask...I've a cracking picture of a map Turtle that is so cover in algae it l...
by Bigjoe
21 Mar 2017, 17:58
Forum: Aquatic Species
Topic: Razorback musk Turtle
Replies: 4
Views: 1483

Re: Razorback musk Turtle

This little one Nina lives in the coke tub along with three other female razorbacks,she came to use with a little funny story,we traveled all the way down to Portsmouth to buy a Turtle tank for a build I was doing for a pal of mine ( the Jack Daniels tank ) that was listed on preloved..we got there ...