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by Nina
03 Jul 2020, 15:59
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Sleeping advice
Replies: 12
Views: 577

Re: Sleeping advice

Hope your new techniques are working!

Nina
by Nina
03 Jul 2020, 12:10
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: New parent to 3yr old Horsfield
Replies: 2
Views: 36

Re: New parent to 3yr old Horsfield

Hi Tara Jane and welcome to The Tortoise Table! And many congratulations on acquiring your lovely little Horsfield (Jemima is a super name!). They are a great species with lots of personality. I think you've made a super start with her, by giving her outdoor and indoor accommodation and giving her a...
by Nina
30 Jun 2020, 13:16
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Introducing...
Replies: 6
Views: 230

Re: Introducing...

Fergus is obviously a star and I love the fact that he already has groupies lined up to watch him (I can see them hatching a money-making scheme to sell tickets to see him perform in his new enclosure)! Thanks so much for the photo!

Nina
by Nina
30 Jun 2020, 11:12
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: New horsfield’s
Replies: 5
Views: 195

Re: New horsfield’s

So glad that they are becoming more confident and active, and I'm sure that Flo will eat more once she has settled in. Regarding outdoors. The sort of loose rule is that if you can wear a short-sleeved t-shirt they can go out. Little ones do cool down more quickly than bigger tortoises, so I just us...
by Nina
29 Jun 2020, 15:17
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: My tortoise escaped
Replies: 27
Views: 2251

Re: My tortoise escaped

Oh my goodness, Lucre, I'm so happy for you! This is such good news, and you are going to give a wonderful home to these two tortoises, and I think they should count themselves lucky that they are coming to live with such a caring owner. It is fine to leave them together for now, as if they are male...
by Nina
29 Jun 2020, 10:39
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Flipping over - anything to worry about?
Replies: 5
Views: 126

Re: Flipping over - anything to worry about?

Hi Isabelle, Oh dear that does happen a fair amount with tortoises, and there isn't really much you can do about it, except make sure there are things like rocks and plants around, and you can mound up the substrate a bit to make little hils and things -- anything that they can push against or will ...
by Nina
28 Jun 2020, 20:27
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Diet concerns
Replies: 5
Views: 155

Re: Diet concerns

You'll be fine, Nic -- and so will Fergus! We've all been through this. I can't tell you how nervous and stressed I was when I first got Boris (lol, who is now called Doris and lays eggs every year). And it was some really kind tortoise keepers on forums that I went on at the time who encouraged me ...
by Nina
28 Jun 2020, 19:20
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Diet concerns
Replies: 5
Views: 155

Re: Diet concerns

Hi Nic, Love the photo! I think he might just be settling in, so try and relax (lol, easy to say, but I know I couldn't do it), and keep up the baths. We've already discussed the temperatures, so I know you're got those sorted now. Some tortoises can be really picky and can develop fads and strong l...
by Nina
28 Jun 2020, 17:58
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: New horsfield’s
Replies: 5
Views: 195

Re: New horsfield’s

Hi Adelle, I think you're going to be a great tortoise keeper. What you plan to do re keeping a distance is spot on, as tortoises can be shy to start with. Yours will soon get used to you (especially if you hand feed them every now and then -- but don't make a habit of it because some torts love bei...
by Nina
28 Jun 2020, 13:25
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Pickle's Upcycled Idyll
Replies: 3
Views: 102

Re: Pickle's Upcycled Idyll

What a brilliant transformation! It just goes to show what can be done with a bit of creativity and four enthusuastic children! And the result is one happy tortoise, who will almost certainly have a happier and much longer life in his new improved home. Thanks for posting tihs, Nikki, and I hope tha...
by Nina
28 Jun 2020, 12:17
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Worried about amount of food leopard is eating
Replies: 12
Views: 351

Re: Worried about amount of food leopard is eating

Polly, I think that is the perfect solution! And what great news that he is eating some of the grass that is stuck to the lettuce. Very gradually increase the grass content and reduce the lettuce content and voila! And if you use Lin's sandwich idea you can fit even more grass inside the rolled up l...
by Nina
28 Jun 2020, 10:26
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: New horsfield’s
Replies: 5
Views: 195

Re: New horsfield’s

Hi, and welcome to The Tortoise Table (sorry, I don't know your name). And many congratulations on getting your new Horsfields -- they are a great species with lots of personality). And I love the names Flo and Wilma -- I have two Horsfields called Doris and Dolly. If you only got them yesterday it'...
by Nina
27 Jun 2020, 21:56
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Worried about amount of food leopard is eating
Replies: 12
Views: 351

Re: Worried about amount of food leopard is eating

That's really irritating! I did see a notice to somewhere to say that there might be some delay in sending out orders, because of the lockdown, and I used to have the owner's email address -- I'll see if I can contact her. Can you send me an email with your full name and order number (and what you o...
by Nina
26 Jun 2020, 21:02
Forum: Lost/Found Tortoises
Topic: Possible theft of tortoise from Malton, North Yorkshire
Replies: 0
Views: 51

Possible theft of tortoise from Malton, North Yorkshire

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by Nina
26 Jun 2020, 16:51
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Water bowl
Replies: 1
Views: 74

Re: Water bowl

Hi Laura, Great to hear from you and what a great tip that is! I can see how it would work and I think a lot of people who read this might try it out in their enclosures. I hope you are staying safe and well too (and not suffering too much in the heat we've been having). They spent months telling us...
by Nina
26 Jun 2020, 12:28
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Piece/pieces broken off beak
Replies: 11
Views: 282

Re: Piece/pieces broken off beak

OMG, I just realised -- are you Tina of Tina Wade and Jonny fame? :D I didn't twig when I saw the name Tina on the thread that it might be you. But when I saw the 'hope you are keeping well, my dear', I thought that's a bit familiar from a stranger - now could it be someone that I already know --- a...
by Nina
26 Jun 2020, 11:00
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Building/Growing new outside enclosure for Tonga the Hermann
Replies: 2
Views: 82

Re: Building/Growing new outside enclosure for Tonga the Hermann

Hi Andrea and welcome to The Tortoise Table! And congratulations on welcoming this very handsome Hermann's tortoise into your home. I think you've created a superb outdoor enclosusre for him -- and he's lucky to have found a home with you. It's a good size and there is lots of interest there for him...
by Nina
26 Jun 2020, 09:52
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Piece/pieces broken off beak
Replies: 11
Views: 282

Re: Piece/pieces broken off beak

Do be careful with the file, as it looks like there might be a crack near where the piece came off, and also you don't want to stress him.

Nina
by Nina
26 Jun 2020, 09:50
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Worried about amount of food leopard is eating
Replies: 12
Views: 351

Re: Worried about amount of food leopard is eating

Hi Polly, Something just occurred to me. You mentioned that you are offering him Timothy grass. Is this Timothy grass or Timothy hay? In other words is it fresh or dried. It's often difficult to get youngsters to eat dried grass (although adults will happily eat it). Why not grow fresh grass yoursel...
by Nina
25 Jun 2020, 21:15
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Introducing...
Replies: 6
Views: 230

Re: Introducing...

Isn't he gorgeous -- and I can see that you've already fallen in love with him. Can't wait to see photos of him in his new little home that you've created.

Nina
by Nina
25 Jun 2020, 18:53
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Worried about amount of food leopard is eating
Replies: 12
Views: 351

Re: Worried about amount of food leopard is eating

Hi Polly, Thank goodness you turned that light off! I don't want to alarm you, but tortoises can die if they are in temperatures above about 36C or 38C for any length of time, so you did the right thing. That's the reason why an easily adjustable lamp height is such a help. Just looking forward, I c...
by Nina
24 Jun 2020, 19:08
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Baby western Hermann's has arrived - in love!
Replies: 3
Views: 145

Re: Baby western Hermann's has arrived - in love!

Isn't she absolutely gorgeous! Lol, and you've obviously fallen in love with her already. I'm so glad you're finding our website useful and please ask any and all the questions that occur to you -- that's what we're here for, and I always think that asking questions is one of the best ways to learn....
by Nina
24 Jun 2020, 12:53
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Worried about amount of food leopard is eating
Replies: 12
Views: 351

Re: Worried about amount of food leopard is eating

Hi Polly, That's a very nice table you've got there, so no problem with that. Yes, if it's too hot then that could cause him to be lethargic. You say the temperature under the lamp at the height of his shell is high, but could you tell me what that temperaturet is (that can make a huge difference)? ...
by Nina
23 Jun 2020, 11:38
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Overnight outdoor temps
Replies: 6
Views: 281

Re: Overnight outdoor temps

Tortoises do develop preferences, but there is a little technique that you could try. Pick some sowthistle leaves (or others that he likes) and cut them into pretty big pieces -- or leave them whole. Then cut the food you would like him to eat (campanula, evening primrose, etc.) into very tiny piece...
by Nina
22 Jun 2020, 19:36
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Overnight outdoor temps
Replies: 6
Views: 281

Re: Overnight outdoor temps

Aww, I love to hear about Boris -- he's such a character. It won't hurt for him to be outdoors if it dips to 9C, as long as he's able to warm up in the morning -- which you did -- so I think he's leading a charmed life. There's been a big discussion on the Tortoise Trust about 'long fibres' being so...