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by Nina
13 Oct 2019, 19:06
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Inappetance in 3 yr old Herman’s tortoise
Replies: 8
Views: 163

Re: Inappetance in 3 yr old Herman’s tortoise

Hi Stepho and welcome to The Tortoise Table -- and well done for taking on little Tomato! Ha, ha great name -- just make sure you don't feed him any tomatoes! It's not unusual for a tortoise to slow down and not want to eat this time of year, as they are going into hibernation mode -- and sometimes ...
by Nina
13 Oct 2019, 10:25
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: First time hermanns tortoise owner!
Replies: 45
Views: 697

Re: First time hermanns tortoise owner!

Re the pansies and violas, there could be a problem. Because lots of garden centre plants will have been sprayed with insecticides (and tortoises are particularly sensitive to insecticides), we recommend that you pull off any flowers currently on the plants when you buy them, and only feed new growt...
by Nina
12 Oct 2019, 09:31
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: First time hermanns tortoise owner!
Replies: 45
Views: 697

Re: First time hermanns tortoise owner!

You'll have great fun decorating! Re rocks -- no need to buy them, as you can find really interesting rocks on the ground. And regarding plants, don't buy anything direct into the substrate that the tortoise will like to eat, as it will be gone before you know it. You could try baby spider plants, s...
by Nina
10 Oct 2019, 21:35
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: First time hermanns tortoise owner!
Replies: 45
Views: 697

Re: First time hermanns tortoise owner!

Thanks, Hannah. It's fun to decorate the table, and it's a good idea to have things like rocks, etc., that your tortoise will have to walk around or over, as well as different textures of substrates to walk on. They do seem to get bored fairly quickly if they can see from one end of the enclosure to...
by Nina
10 Oct 2019, 08:55
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Herb identification please.
Replies: 9
Views: 254

Re: Herb identification please.

Thanks so much for the other photos -- they are all really good, and I'm so sorry that I can't ID the plant. There is something about it that doesn't quite look like a grass to me, but as I said, there are thousands of varieties of grass and it's really hard to ID them without seeing their flowers o...
by Nina
09 Oct 2019, 22:05
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Herb identification please.
Replies: 9
Views: 254

Re: Herb identification please.

I'm afraid I just don't know, and I'm so sorry to have let you down on this. Did you see the question in my last post asking what country you live in? If you're not in the UK then we could look at native plants in the country where you do live. I will ask my colleague, Lin, to look at the latest pho...
by Nina
09 Oct 2019, 19:34
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Herb identification please.
Replies: 9
Views: 254

Re: Herb identification please.

Hi Liss, I'm so glad that you find our website useful -- and do please ask us any questions you have. Regardiing the 'grass'. If it has a little white bulb underneath then it probably isn't grass. Can you send us a photo of one of the plants that you have taken out of the pot, showing the whole plan...
by Nina
09 Oct 2019, 17:39
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Herb identification please.
Replies: 9
Views: 254

Re: Herb identification please.

I'm a bit stumped and just want to make sure that this is an actual grass and not something else. Could you carefully remove one of those plants from the pot and see if there is only root at its base -- or if there is also a small bulb or corm? So sorry this is taking a while, and I've asked a colle...
by Nina
09 Oct 2019, 16:11
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Herb identification please.
Replies: 9
Views: 254

Re: Herb identification please.

Hi Liss, The first photo certainly looks like Kidney Weed (Dichondra repens) to me, and it is safe to feed. Here is the entry for it on our website, so have a look and see if you think this is your plant: https://www.thetortoisetable.org.uk/plant-database/viewplants/?plant=707&c=6#.XZ32hWZ7m9s The s...
by Nina
09 Oct 2019, 15:57
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: First time hermanns tortoise owner!
Replies: 45
Views: 697

Re: First time hermanns tortoise owner!

Hanging the thermometer from the mesh is a great idea, and it should work fine. Re the names for ages. Actually it is as much to do with size as ags and everyone you ask will give you a different answer. I've just looked at loads of sites and there were different answers from all the 'experts' lol. ...
by Nina
09 Oct 2019, 13:22
Forum: Rehoming
Topic: North Somerset Reptile Rescue
Replies: 0
Views: 181

North Somerset Reptile Rescue

For those looking to take on a tortoise, the North Somerset Reptile Rescue centre is an excellent source. It is run by a respected reptile vet, no fees are charged, and tortoises are fully assessed before being put up for rehoming. Here is a link to their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/nort...
by Nina
09 Oct 2019, 12:59
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: First time hermanns tortoise owner!
Replies: 45
Views: 697

Re: First time hermanns tortoise owner!

Pond liner is perfect, and it's what we would recommend. The subject of humidity is much discussed, and it used to be thought that tortoises should be kept in a very dry environment. The latest thinking, though, is that if it is too dry, and dehydration occurs, then that can lead to the irregular sh...
by Nina
08 Oct 2019, 13:13
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: First time hermanns tortoise owner!
Replies: 45
Views: 697

Re: First time hermanns tortoise owner!

That is such a relief to hear that you've bought a table -- and 4' x 2' will last for quite a long time. With the topsoil or topsoil/playsand, it's a good idea to give it a light spray every couple of days to keep it from getting dusty. LOL, I like keeping records too (we had a corn snake for 26 yea...
by Nina
08 Oct 2019, 11:49
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: First time hermanns tortoise owner!
Replies: 45
Views: 697

Re: First time hermanns tortoise owner!

Hi Hannah, Welcome to The Tortoise Table and congratulations on getting your little Hermanns! It's an exciting time, and it sounds like you've done a good amount of research already, which is great. First of all, in case you don't have one already, here's a link to a care sheet for Hermanns, which m...
by Nina
06 Oct 2019, 09:31
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Eating newspaper
Replies: 4
Views: 280

Re: Eating newspaper

Sounds like you've got the right idea -- good thinking about the rocks on the paper. Hopefully that will do the trick! Let us know how you get on.

Cheers,
Nina
by Nina
05 Oct 2019, 23:05
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Eating newspaper
Replies: 4
Views: 280

Re: Eating newspaper

Hi Sarah, and many apologies for the late response! It's a difficult one, as it is better to have newspapers while he's being treated so that they can be changed frequently. I doubt that eating a bit of newspaper will hurt him -- it will probably go straight through him. How much longer will he need...
by Nina
28 Sep 2019, 09:16
Forum: News, Announcements and Events
Topic: Spam being posted
Replies: 0
Views: 413

Spam being posted

Unfortunately over the last week spammers have managed to get round our security measures and have been posting large numbers of spam messages (about 100 on some days) in various sections of this Forum. We are working to increase the security to get around this, and we will be installing further sec...
by Nina
25 Sep 2019, 12:09
Forum: Rehoming
Topic: No longer available: Flash from North Yorkshire
Replies: 1
Views: 274

Re: No longer available: Flash from North Yorkshire

Flash's owner has now decided not to rehome him for the time being.

Nina
by Nina
22 Sep 2019, 19:02
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Marginated
Replies: 6
Views: 466

Re: Marginated

Jess has sent me photos of the very handsome Shellington, but they were too large to post, so I've re-sized them and posted them here. I think everyone will agree that he (or maybe she) is absolutely gorgeous and looks to be full of personality too! He weighed 30g when she got him in June and weighs...
by Nina
22 Sep 2019, 13:31
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Marginated
Replies: 6
Views: 466

Re: Marginated

Can you reduce them in size? If not then just email them to me at nina@thetortoisetable.org.uk and I will reduce them and post them for you.

Nina
by Nina
22 Sep 2019, 13:28
Forum: Identification of Plants from outside of the UK
Topic: Need help with this Tropical Crawler with Flowers
Replies: 3
Views: 309

Re: Need help with this Tropical Crawler with Flowers

I think I might have found it. Could it be Rangoon Creeper (Quisqualis indica)? Here is a photo of it https://i1.wp.com/myphilippinelife.com/wp-content/uploads/rangoon_creeper.jpg that I found by going through this site https://myphilippinelife.com/philippine-trees-and-garden-flowers/ and I have rea...
by Nina
22 Sep 2019, 12:54
Forum: Identification of Plants from outside of the UK
Topic: Need help with this Tropical Crawler with Flowers
Replies: 3
Views: 309

Re: Need help with this Tropical Crawler with Flowers

Hi Renz, Great to hear from you! Are you still in the Phillippines? Funnily enough I was going through some old emails the other day and came upon your photos of the Fringed Spider Flower from 2016! I'm afraid I don't know off the top of my head what this plant is, but I will have a go and will also...
by Nina
22 Sep 2019, 12:42
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Marginated
Replies: 6
Views: 466

Re: Marginated

Hi Jess, Love the name Shellington! Yes, it is completely normal behaviour (well, I don't keep Marginateds, but my Horsfields love nothing better than to climb up the bendy log thingy in their enclosure and slide down the other side). He should be able to right himself, especially if there is someth...
by Nina
20 Sep 2019, 11:33
Forum: Rehoming
Topic: REHOMED: Hermanns tortoise in the West Midlands
Replies: 3
Views: 277

Rehomed: Hermanns tortoise in the West Midlands

This tortoise has now been rehomed
by Nina
18 Sep 2019, 17:36
Forum: Rehoming
Topic: No longer available: Flash from North Yorkshire
Replies: 1
Views: 274

No longer available: Flash from North Yorkshire

[Please remember that the TTT will NOT allow tortoises or tortoise-related equipment to be sold or any money to change hands.] This lovely Horsfield, Flash, is being reluctantly offered for rehoming because the owner feels Flash needs more than they can offer right now, Flash is too young to sex at ...