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by Heather
07 Nov 2018, 20:54
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Hint of red in urine
Replies: 5
Views: 1358

Re: Hint of red in urine

Thanks Lin - I remember my panic some years back when my first rabbit - a discarded buck - pee'd bright red up the walls! Normal in rabbits..... :shock:
by Heather
07 Nov 2018, 20:07
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Hint of red in urine
Replies: 5
Views: 1358

Hint of red in urine

Hi - should I be concerned? Twice now I have seen a hint of red in Achillea's urine. In herself she is fine & dandy & normal. She free-ranges indoors, having her own preferred areas & her UV light in a warm area. She is eating slightly less this month. She does like purple pansies, so I wonder if th...
by Heather
03 Aug 2018, 16:47
Forum: Aquatic Species
Topic: Shop bought diet
Replies: 1
Views: 2030

Shop bought diet

Hi - I have now had x3 Red Eared Sliders & a very special Southern Painted turtle for 2 years. (RES aged 28, 28 & 10-ish, Painted 28). The previous owner of the x3 older beasties fed them ZooMed Natural Aquatic Turtle Food, & then added in some dried shrimps & silk worm larvae for variety, at least ...
by Heather
30 Jul 2018, 15:48
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Guelder-rose
Replies: 3
Views: 1134

Re: Guelder-rose

Thanks both - yes very helpful. Mine aren't the 'snowball' flower type, but the more lax type - with open florets around the edge of a flattish inflorescence (if I'm using the term correctly!). I believe it's the wild version - I'm lucky to have several trees / bushes. Very pretty leaves / autumn co...
by Heather
29 Jul 2018, 16:04
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Guelder-rose
Replies: 3
Views: 1134

Guelder-rose

Hi - I have one leaning (ever lower!) over Achillea's outdoor area, so wonder where it lies in the green / orange / red league. I also note your comments about hawthorn, which mentions leaves & berries, but not the flowers (except for their colour). Do the flowers also contain cyanide I wonder? Than...
by Heather
16 Jul 2018, 13:26
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Verbena Lanai
Replies: 8
Views: 2047

Re: Verbena Lanai

Excellent link - my equivalent reference for axolotls to 'TTT' is www.axolotl.org, run by a Brit. called John Clare.

Also - there was a whole BBC prog. about them a few weeks back. Google: BBC nuns & axolotls for loads of links.

Did I smile!! :D

Heather
by Heather
15 Jul 2018, 23:08
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Verbena Lanai
Replies: 8
Views: 2047

Re: Verbena Lanai

At school I have a chest freezer in which in summer I keep a rotating stock of frozen 2L bottles of water, plus a couple of 2L tubs of frozen rain water, & on the Friday before last I used most of them. I haven't had to resort to this at home previously, as I had my tanks outdoors in undergrowth by ...
by Heather
15 Jul 2018, 20:05
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Verbena Lanai
Replies: 8
Views: 2047

Re: Verbena Lanai

Ross-on-Wye - a solid 4 hours. SUCH a relief. One of my other passions is axolotls, who can't cope with water temperature above 18-20degC max for long. Nightmare. I've had to create a 'cold room' with several tanks for mine at home. As luck would have it I found a mobile air conditioner in a charity...
by Heather
14 Jul 2018, 17:09
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Verbena Lanai
Replies: 8
Views: 2047

Re: Verbena Lanai

Thanks Nina - I bought the plants a couple of months back (I realise the recommendation about new plants) & it has recently started to spread & blossom freely & drop flowers. I'm not intending to 'feed' it at all, just wanted not to worry if Achillea picks up the odd dropped flower. It's in a pot ab...
by Heather
14 Jul 2018, 12:57
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Verbena Lanai
Replies: 8
Views: 2047

Verbena Lanai

Hi - I've looked up Verbena, & see that 'shrub verbena' is poisonous. I think the pretty trailing verbena I have (Lanai - Early Deep Red) comes under the 'garden verbena' heading, judging by the leaves. It's a hybrid by Syngenta according to the label. Achillea has widened her munching this year to ...
by Heather
28 Jun 2018, 15:38
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Any idea what this trefoil is please?
Replies: 5
Views: 1132

Re: Any idea what this trefoil is please?

Wow - thanks Lin - I have never even heard that name before, or knowingly seen it, & I do normally recognise plants, even if I can't pin them down.

Presumably the leaf colour is variable, as mine has very distinct colouration, & one of your photos is plain green.

Heather
by Heather
28 Jun 2018, 15:20
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Any idea what this trefoil is please?
Replies: 5
Views: 1132

Re: Any idea what this trefoil is please?

Me again with another photo which better shows the hooky / spikey seed pods, & that the flowers (like tiny pea flowers) are individual (if fuzzy!)

[attachment=0]Mystery plant showing seeds.jpg[/attachment]

Heather
by Heather
28 Jun 2018, 11:14
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Any idea what this trefoil is please?
Replies: 5
Views: 1132

Any idea what this trefoil is please?

[attachment=0]Mystery plant in meadow.jpg[/attachment] In the meadow at work (school) & I've failed miserably! Sprawling habit, amongst Black Medic, grass & white clover, mainly, with tiny yellow pea-type flowers singly, sort of in pairs, & larger spikey pods than one would expect from such a tiny f...
by Heather
26 Mar 2018, 16:25
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Arum maculatum - a small nibble!
Replies: 5
Views: 1241

Re: Arum maculatum - a small nibble!

Crikey - I'd never heard of raphides before. I've now done a bit of reading & realise their mode of action. I had no idea. Fascinating (or horrifying...)!

I have often wondered how animals tend to avoid poisonous plants. Sometimes smell I guess. Sometime instinct?...Then sometimes not.

Heather
by Heather
25 Mar 2018, 20:41
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Weed identification please
Replies: 5
Views: 1390

Re: Weed identification please

How about 'cut-leaved Cranesbill' or similar. One look at those leaves made me think tiny (almost minute) pink flowers...?

Heather
by Heather
25 Mar 2018, 19:20
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Arum maculatum - a small nibble!
Replies: 5
Views: 1241

Re: Arum maculatum - a small nibble!

Thank you both. She's fine in herself, charging about as usual, eating as usual, etc. I have a theory.....these are very new leaves. Surely, this type of substance builds up over time as the leaves mature, so that very young leaves will have a very low level of the oxalate, if any? Might this be why...
by Heather
24 Mar 2018, 11:14
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Arum maculatum - a small nibble!
Replies: 5
Views: 1241

Arum maculatum - a small nibble!

Hi - OK, I know! I WILL dig them up later, but Achillea has never looked twice at them, & I just popped her outside the door where she was 'scrabbling' to go out, & a few minutes later saw her take a nibble. I'm guessing that this won't be a serious issue? Should I worry?

Heather
by Heather
24 Mar 2018, 11:05
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Are ultrasonic spider repellant plug ins safe for tortoises?
Replies: 4
Views: 2084

Re: Are ultrasonic spider repellant plug ins safe for tortoises?

Spiders - AGH - talking large, fast moving 'house spiders' esp. in September when the males (I believe) go walkabout in search of females. Like many, these are my Achilles(!!) heel, although I have found that caring for & handling 'pink winged stick insects' has desensitised me to smaller spiders. T...
by Heather
17 Nov 2017, 09:26
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: rocko's hibernation weight loss
Replies: 3
Views: 1283

Re: rocko's hibernation weight loss

Hi Linda - I have absolutely no expertise, but I'm surprised that no one else has replied...so I'm replying to ping it to the top of the list again. I hope Rocko is OK.

Heather
by Heather
16 Nov 2017, 13:49
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Vid of Timmy being angry
Replies: 1
Views: 1252

Vid of Timmy being angry

Hi - not really 'on thread' regards tortoise care, but I'm guessing this owner needs care himself! I found this story in a newspaper just now, & searched for the vid..... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymuFA35diU0 I'm guessing this tortoise is male? What advice would you give the owner I wonder? He...
by Heather
17 Oct 2017, 19:15
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Not plantain but what is it?
Replies: 7
Views: 2531

Re: Not plantain but what is it?

Grins!!

8-) ;)
by Heather
14 Oct 2017, 15:08
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Not plantain but what is it?
Replies: 7
Views: 2531

Re: Not plantain but what is it?

Knapweed!....... :roll: ? I have a field full of something that looks wildly similar.

Heather (so enjoying the game of looking at all the pics & trying to get the answer before reading your correct ones - rather like 'beat the into.' for records!) :D
by Heather
05 Oct 2017, 22:29
Forum: Aquatic Species
Topic: When keepers get it completely wrong...
Replies: 11
Views: 3946

Re: When keepers get it completely wrong...

Hi again on this thread - lovely ponds, to which I aspire! However, are they in this country (GB) & if so - are the turtles gathered up to indoors over winter?

Heather
by Heather
05 Oct 2017, 15:08
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Beak Trimming
Replies: 9
Views: 2694

Re: Beak Trimming

Not so's you'd notice!!

;)

Heather