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by Nina
27 May 2017, 17:21
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Dietary issues
Replies: 17
Views: 5638

Re: Dietary issues

It's on the container, and it is so rough as to be irritating. I think it says 'one pinch per kilo of weight'. Well that is fine if you have a tortoise that weighs a kilo or more, but for small tortoises it's really stupid (like how big is a pinch in the first place -- surely it depends on how big y...
by Nina
27 May 2017, 14:47
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: 'Common' weeds I can't identify!
Replies: 3
Views: 2606

Re: 'Common' weeds I can't identify!

Yeah, you're right -- Ground Elder can look like other things (and that is true of a lot of plants). You can always post a photo for ID -- or just wait until it flowers and send us a photo then. Happy hunting!

Nina
by Nina
27 May 2017, 14:45
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Dietary issues
Replies: 17
Views: 5638

Re: Dietary issues

The thing with diets is variety, as I'm sure you know. It's estimated that in the wild a tortoise will eat around 200 different species of plants in a season, and we can't possibly replicate that in captivity, so we just have to do our best. The variety that you are feeding is good, and to get an ev...
by Nina
27 May 2017, 14:19
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: 'Common' weeds I can't identify!
Replies: 3
Views: 2606

Re: 'Common' weeds I can't identify!

Hi, A bit of sun and a bit of rain and those weeds are coming up fast and furious! Your first photo (with the tiny white flowers) is Garlic Mustard, and here is our entry for it: http://www.thetortoisetable.org.uk/plant-database/viewplants/?plant=16#.WSl7rMbauM8 The second photo (with the pink flowe...
by Nina
27 May 2017, 14:08
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: UVB Light & Set-up concerns
Replies: 3
Views: 4075

Re: UVB Light & Set-up concerns

Aww, how sweet that he goes up to his lttle bedroom each night (and of course he is getting good exercise walking up and down that ramp)! If it's not warm enough in the table, you could try lowering the lamp an inch or two, and the temperature will definitely go up. I use a 90W bulb and it's fine --...
by Nina
27 May 2017, 11:28
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: UVB Light & Set-up concerns
Replies: 3
Views: 4075

Re: UVB Light & Set-up concerns

Hi, and good morning to you too (and it's great to hear that Torkoal has such a lovely enclosure -- it looks super and you've decorated it nicely so that he has objects to walk over and around to keep his interest up. Re the lighting. Yes, the bulbs do 'wear out' regarding UVB, even though the light...
by Nina
26 May 2017, 22:52
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Flies
Replies: 10
Views: 6255

Re: Flies

Hi Shelley, I hope you are successful in getting rid of them! Just for info -- Venus Flytraps like a really moist environment, so you can stand the pot in a saucer with some water in it -- but it must be rainwater. Ordinary tap water will burn the roots and kill the plant, so only use rainwater to w...
by Nina
24 May 2017, 22:41
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Flies
Replies: 10
Views: 6255

Re: Flies

Apologies from me too for not answering sooner. I agree with all of what Lin has said. Just for information, those little bugs aren't actually flies -- they are called fungus gnats and they don't really do any harm, but they are a nuisance. My tortoise table is underneath a window and I have loads o...
by Nina
24 May 2017, 22:09
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Tortoise enclosure
Replies: 2
Views: 1930

Re: Tortoise enclosure

Hi Caroline,

What a super photo! Nothing nicer than watching tortoises enjoy themselves in the sunshine -- and yours look really happy and healthy!

Nina
by Nina
20 May 2017, 13:11
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Weight Gain
Replies: 16
Views: 12663

Re: Weight Gain

Ooh, sorry to hear that the first course of antibiotics were difficult, Emma, but I do hope these work. Re the weight gains -- mine sometimes have terribly high weight gains -- especially when they first go out and there are lots of nice things in their enclosure -- but don't forget that it's just a...
by Nina
15 May 2017, 08:58
Forum: Aquatic Species
Topic: When keepers get it completely wrong...
Replies: 11
Views: 6264

Re: When keepers get it completely wrong...

How super to have found those turtle ladies! I remember that turtles were always really difficult for Mary Datson when she was doing re-homing for the BCG, because so many were abandoned or needed re-homing (especially red-eared sliders), and the problem was always to find people with proper facilit...
by Nina
14 May 2017, 22:49
Forum: News, Announcements and Events
Topic: Nina's Talk at Evolution Reptiles
Replies: 2
Views: 3003

Re: Nina's Talk at Evolution Reptiles

Here is a link to all three parts of the talk.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... J1SxQik482

Nina
by Nina
14 May 2017, 22:41
Forum: Aquatic Species
Topic: When keepers get it completely wrong...
Replies: 11
Views: 6264

Re: When keepers get it completely wrong...

My goodness, that poor turtle really is deformed, isn't she? Thank goodness you rescued her, Joe, and that pond she is going into looks like a bit of paradise for her, so at least the rest of her life will be a happy one. Is that someone's personal pond? It's amazing!

Nina
by Nina
11 May 2017, 09:03
Forum: Asian Species
Topic: ARANYA MY REDFOOT
Replies: 4
Views: 3603

Re: ARANYA MY REDFOOT

I know that Ella spent a long time preparing for Aranya's arrival, making sure that she had the set-up just right for this species. I've just looked at Aranya's photo and she is gorgeous!
How is the Gecko settling in?

Nina
by Nina
09 May 2017, 16:04
Forum: Rehoming
Topic: Hermanni female Carmarthanshire - REHOMED
Replies: 5
Views: 3446

Re: Hermanni female Carmarthanshire - REHOMED

You did a very unselfish thing by rehoming her, Carol. I know how difficult it was for you to part with Juliet, but I hope that knowing she has gone to a good home is some consolation.

Nina
by Nina
06 May 2017, 22:10
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Help with plant ID please
Replies: 7
Views: 3045

Re: Help with plant ID please

Stop Press! Lin has just phoned me to say that this is in fact Tellima Grandiflora -- Fringecup -- and I completely agree. It is a 'no feed' I'm afraid, and here is our entry for it: http://www.thetortoisetable.org.uk/plant-database/viewplants/search/?searchtogglestatus=&searchchoice=exactwords&sear...
by Nina
06 May 2017, 12:59
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Help with plant ID please
Replies: 7
Views: 3045

Re: Help with plant ID please

Hi Teddy, Mmm, this is a difficult one, but it looks to me like it might be one of the Tiarellas (specifically Tiarella cordifolia, which has leaves similar to that). Here are some photos and descriptions -- what do you think? https://www.sarahraven.com/flowers/plants/perennials_spring_summer_planti...
by Nina
29 Apr 2017, 19:20
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Dust!
Replies: 6
Views: 4068

Re: Dust!

Ooh, Jack is a lucky tortoise --= a holiday table (very posh)! I'll bet you get more sunshine on the IoW than we've had in Oxford today -- cold, grey and miserable until about 4.30 p.m. I think Jack's table sounds really good, with lots of interest for him, and what a great idea about the lip -- I d...
by Nina
28 Apr 2017, 13:04
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Table tempreatures
Replies: 8
Views: 5252

Re: Table tempreatures

That's great that you are getting your Horsfield from a genuine breeder! Horsfields are a burrowing species, so it's good to have a fairly deep substrate (at least 3" or 4" if you can), so that it can completely bury itself if it wants to. Here's a link to a care sheet for Horsfields. http://www.tor...
by Nina
28 Apr 2017, 12:21
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Table tempreatures
Replies: 8
Views: 5252

Re: Table tempreatures

Hi, and congratulations first of all for doing your homework and getting set-up right before you get your tortoise (so many people don't and end up with lots of problems)! I think you've got your temperatures about right. It's odd that at the higher level of the tops of the pebbles you are getting a...
by Nina
26 Apr 2017, 22:09
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Dust!
Replies: 6
Views: 4068

Re: Dust!

Ha, ha -- Sian I hope your hubby hasn't read that last sentence! Well you are talking to the least houseproud person I know. Cleaning every day? -- never entered my mind! Once a week or fortnight if I'm feeling industrious. I just don't understand why the dust is spreading everywhere outside the tab...
by Nina
25 Apr 2017, 22:33
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Dust!
Replies: 6
Views: 4068

Re: Dust!

Hi Sian, Aww, your poor hubby -- we don't want him to come down with lung problems, so we need to get to the bottom of this. First some questions: I've seen your lovely photo in the other thread of Jack having a snooze, and I can see a bit of his enclosure, but not all of it. I'm assuming it's a tor...
by Nina
25 Apr 2017, 18:47
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Cute sleepy Jack
Replies: 4
Views: 2213

Re: Cute sleepy Jack

Aww, look at him, flat out relaxed there! A cutie indeed!

Nina
by Nina
25 Apr 2017, 17:48
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Help needed with Plant identification please.
Replies: 16
Views: 5674

Re: Help needed with Plant identification please.

Thanks, Lin. Kirsty, just so you aren't confused, the plant that Lin says is Corn Salad and I said was Lamb's Lettuce is the same thing (those are just two common names for that one plant).

Nina
by Nina
25 Apr 2017, 11:53
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Help needed with Plant identification please.
Replies: 16
Views: 5674

Re: Help needed with Plant identification please.

Hi Kirsty, I'll have a go at some of these, but I'm sure Lin will be on later to confirm or correct. Just a note, but it is far easier for us to ID a plant if the photo is of it growing in the ground, so that we can see how it comes out of the ground, how the leaves or stalks come off the stem, etc....