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by Nina
25 Mar 2020, 19:24
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: An ID please
Replies: 13
Views: 976

Re: An ID please

Many thanks, Teddy, this is really helpful, and sorry to be late in getting back to you. Lin and I have had a good look at the pictures and we think it might be Wild Lettuce (Lactuca virosa), and on our database it has a red traffic light, because it is known to have sedative and narcotic properties...
by Nina
25 Mar 2020, 18:25
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Plant I.d please
Replies: 2
Views: 309

Re: Plant I.d please

That looks like Lords and Ladies to me, and it is toxic. Have a look at our entry -- most of the photos show all green leaves, but you can see some that are variegated like yours in it. https://www.thetortoisetable.org.uk/plant-database/viewplants/?plant=425&c=6#.XnuhmnLgq9s Do you think your plant ...
by Nina
25 Mar 2020, 18:21
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Tiny's new outside enclosure
Replies: 25
Views: 6412

Re: Tiny's new outside enclosure

Well, I think it looks great. The fact that it was a pond explains why there is a lot of gravel in it -- is that for drainage? I once built a tortoise enclosure on top of a concrete patio -- just made walls of bricks and dumped loads of soil it it and made a little hill in the middle. One day we had...
by Nina
25 Mar 2020, 16:28
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Tiny's new outside enclosure
Replies: 25
Views: 6412

Re: Tiny's new outside enclosure

That looks brilliant! And Tiny seems to have settled into the new decor really well. Is this a completely different set-up or have you revamped the previous one. You are so good at designing and making these outdoor enclosures. The only thing i would say is to be careful of that log roll that is in ...
by Nina
24 Mar 2020, 21:43
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: An ID please
Replies: 13
Views: 976

Re: An ID please

What super photos! Especially loved the one hanging out with the leg casually draped over the big pebble. How cool is that!

Nina
by Nina
24 Mar 2020, 21:41
Forum: African Species
Topic: Such a Lady!!
Replies: 4
Views: 767

Re: Such a Lady!!

Lovely pics and really captured the fabulous weather we had today. My Doris and Dolly were absolutely loving it outside.

Nina
by Nina
24 Mar 2020, 19:05
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: An ID please
Replies: 13
Views: 976

Re: An ID please

Hi Teddy and great to hear from you (and so sorry that this is such a late response). Lin and I have been looking at this, and we aren't really sure, as from the photo it looks like so many other plants. Is it possible to get some more photos from different angles? If could you fence it off from Bor...
by Nina
21 Mar 2020, 16:57
Forum: African Species
Topic: Such a Lady!!
Replies: 4
Views: 767

Re: Such a Lady!!

There is nothing nicer at a time like this when we're all under stress than seeing a photo of a beautiful tortoise doing what they do best. I think the term 'ladies who lunch' must have been invented for her. Thanks, Bex!

Nina xx
by Nina
15 Mar 2020, 16:36
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Heat Lamp
Replies: 8
Views: 1202

Re: Heat Lamp

Ahh, I see -- the whole thing, with reflector shade and all. You don't need a special reptile one -- just any ceramic holder with a reflector shade and cord attached will do, but I'm not sure how readily available they are. I notice that the one in your link is only good for a 60W bulb, and you do w...
by Nina
15 Mar 2020, 10:23
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Heat Lamp
Replies: 8
Views: 1202

Re: Heat Lamp

Thanks, Tina -- I think I see now. So by holder you mean the actual thing that you screw the bulb into? If so then what you need is a ceramic holder, not a plastic one. You can get them from any ironmonger, I think, and probably places like Homebase (not sure). So something like this: https://sinole...
by Nina
14 Mar 2020, 20:27
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Heat Lamp
Replies: 8
Views: 1202

Re: Heat Lamp

Hi Tina, and so glad that Jonny is well and happy. I'm a bit confused as to what sort of bulb you are looking for (when you say that the lamp is no longer working do you mean the device that you plug the bulb into, or the bulb itself)? You mentioned a ceramic clamp-on -- do you mean it was a ceramic...
by Nina
12 Mar 2020, 18:44
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Lamp timer settings
Replies: 2
Views: 681

Re: Lamp timer settings

Hi Kimberley, It's difficult and I'm not sure I know the answer to that. I have my lights on from 6.30 a.m. - 6.30 p.m. at this time of year, and later as the days get longer. My two are usually already up by 6.30 a.m. but often take themselves off to bed at 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. (although sometimes they...
by Nina
08 Mar 2020, 20:02
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: 1 month aniversary and questions
Replies: 9
Views: 1731

Re: 1 month aniversary and questions

That breakfast bar sounds like a lovely, central location -- and a good size too. My table is 7 ft. by 2 ft, with an upper level in it, so they sound pretty similar. So glad that he is doing well!

Nina
by Nina
04 Mar 2020, 17:20
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: 1 month aniversary and questions
Replies: 9
Views: 1731

Re: 1 month aniversary and questions

Ha, ha -- I hope your apartment has strong floor boards, or that you live on the ground floor -- that sounds like a very heavy table. Having said that, my table with the substrate in it is very heavy too, and when I first filled it up I did worry about the strength of my floor (it's in an upstairs b...
by Nina
03 Mar 2020, 19:51
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: 1 month aniversary and questions
Replies: 9
Views: 1731

Re: 1 month aniversary and questions

I think that should work well. I do the same with pouring water in and mixing it up with the substrate, but it's really important that the result is just the teeny tiniest bit damp, and not at all wet. It should be that a clump of substrate in your hand just about holds together if you make a fist. ...
by Nina
02 Mar 2020, 19:12
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: 1 month aniversary and questions
Replies: 9
Views: 1731

Re: 1 month aniversary and questions

It's looking really great -- so much interest that table for a tortoise -- no wonder he is a happy little dude! I think your coco coir and sand look fine. Do you need to spray it to keep it from getting dusty? Regarding doing a complete change of the substrate -- I'm probably not the best person to ...
by Nina
02 Mar 2020, 19:04
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: baby spur thigh, weight
Replies: 8
Views: 1228

Re: baby spur thigh, weight

When you're ready, just email me at nina@thetortoisetable.org.uk and I'll send some photos along. Re ramps, I have little guide rails on my ramp, but actually outdoors they have a ramp going up into a hutch, and they have never come close to falling off of it. I think most tortoises have a bit of a ...
by Nina
02 Mar 2020, 09:54
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: 1 month aniversary and questions
Replies: 9
Views: 1731

Re: 1 month aniversary and questions

Hi Kimberley, Great to hear from you, and to hear that little Timmie is doing well and is happy in his new home (your table for him does look super, so no wonder he is happy in there). I can't remember now, but what did you find to use for the substrate in the end (I remember you said you couldn't g...
by Nina
01 Mar 2020, 17:57
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: baby spur thigh, weight
Replies: 8
Views: 1228

Re: baby spur thigh, weight

Ha, ha - treadmill a great idea! I have some photos of my table as it was being built, and could send you some if you're interested. It sits on top of some cupboards, which have no back wall, so it's a great place to keep all your electrical stuff for the table, and the wires just go out the back an...
by Nina
29 Feb 2020, 20:37
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: baby spur thigh, weight
Replies: 8
Views: 1228

Re: baby spur thigh, weight

Well, I think you've done an excellent job and made a really nice enclosure for her! Lots of interest, different textures to walk over, things to climb on and walk around -- it really looks good. And Flower is a lovely name for a lovely tortoise. But I can see that her shell is already bumpy (the in...
by Nina
29 Feb 2020, 14:17
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: baby spur thigh, weight
Replies: 8
Views: 1228

Re: baby spur thigh, weight

Hi Adam, Welcome to The Tortoise Table, and congratulations on getting your little Spur Thigh (what's her name, by the way?). It sounds to me like you are doing a good job, but a weight gain of 25g in one month is really too much. It's true that the guidelines are a gain of between 1g - 3 or 4g per ...
by Nina
27 Feb 2020, 18:25
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Horsfield behaviour
Replies: 11
Views: 1780

Re: Horsfield behaviour

Wider would be good -- in fact any increase in space would be good -- and do think of making a second level -- mine love theirs and it gives them extra space without increasing the footprint of the table. I think I would consult the vet about the bubbling -- better safe than sorry thin -- and he or ...
by Nina
26 Feb 2020, 20:21
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Horsfield behaviour
Replies: 11
Views: 1780

Re: Horsfield behaviour

Hi Carla, I am a bit worried about the bubbling. A bit of dust in the nose doesn't usually cause that. The only harmless cause as far as I know is some water getting in the nostrils, but a more serious cause is RNS, and this is a serious condition that needs antibiotics. If your non-exotics vet is a...
by Nina
25 Feb 2020, 22:39
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Tiny's new outside enclosure
Replies: 25
Views: 6412

Re: Tiny's new outside enclosure

Hmm, it's worth thinking about moving to North Kent. We had about 7 minutes of sunshine in Oxford today, and then just cold and miserable with intermittent rain. Good for Tiny to be able to get outdoors in February (what in the world is happening to our climate?)!

Nina
by Nina
25 Feb 2020, 16:40
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Tiny's new outside enclosure
Replies: 25
Views: 6412

Re: Tiny's new outside enclosure

Oh my goodness -- isn't nature wonderful -- what an explosion of tasty treats! And that enclosure has really held up well over the winter. So was Tiny outside today? What temperture is it where you are?

Nina