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by Nina
17 Nov 2017, 12:42
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: rocko's hibernation weight loss
Replies: 3
Views: 1710

Re: rocko's hibernation weight loss

Hi Linda, Me again! I've just posted you a private message. Here is the text of it, just in case it doesn't arrive, and I am so, so sorry that we weren't notified of your post when it came in! The only other thing I can think of is that the date on your message is wrong for some reason, and it actua...
by Nina
17 Nov 2017, 11:04
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: rocko's hibernation weight loss
Replies: 3
Views: 1710

Re: rocko's hibernation weight loss

Hi Linda -- and it's great to hear from you! I remember you and Rocko so well from the TF forum, and it is good to hear that Rocko is still doing well (even if he is determined to stress you out). The standard rule of thumb is that tortoises can lose up to 10% of their body weight in hibernation (an...
by Nina
16 Nov 2017, 16:57
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Vid of Timmy being angry
Replies: 1
Views: 1535

Re: Vid of Timmy being angry

Hi Heather, Oh yes, that tortoise definitely looks like a male, and he is doing what males naturally do. I've never seen them butt Noah's Ark before (lol), but they do love trainers, bare feet and soft rubber balls, so I would advise the owner to give that tortoise an old trainer that he can 'mate' ...
by Nina
16 Nov 2017, 13:45
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: New Tortoise - Advice
Replies: 5
Views: 2704

Re: New Tortoise - Advice

Oh, what a gorgeous little tortoise -- and what a sweet name! If you can take the thermometer off the wall (don't bother if it is stuck on), and hold it under the lamp, you will see it is quite a bit hotter there than just a few inches away -- but as long as Bow can move in and out of the hot spot t...
by Nina
16 Nov 2017, 13:14
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: New Tortoise - Advice
Replies: 5
Views: 2704

Re: New Tortoise - Advice

Hi Adam, Congratulations on your new tortoise -- what's his or her name? I agree with Lin that she is probably just settling in, and your temperatures seem about right. Do make sure, as Lin says, that you are measuring the hot spot directly below the heat source and at tortoise shell height (a therm...
by Nina
15 Nov 2017, 13:44
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Jackson Ratio Scale
Replies: 2
Views: 2175

Re: Jackson Ratio Scale

Hi Yasmin, I don't know if the link that Lin gave to the Jackson Ratio chart is for juveniles as well as adults, but it might well be (maybe someone can come on and confirm). The only other version of the Jackson ratio that I know of is one for hatchlings -- here is a link to it: http://postimg.org/...
by Nina
12 Nov 2017, 11:45
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: A few IDs please :)
Replies: 2
Views: 1714

Re: A few IDs please :)

Hi, I'm not completely sure about the first two photos (hopefully Lin or someone else will come in and ID those), but the third photo is of a hardy geranium (although it should be losing its leaves as the cold weather comes in). It is perfectly edible and your tortoise should enjoy it. Here is our e...
by Nina
12 Nov 2017, 11:41
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Just Two More :)
Replies: 2
Views: 1526

Re: Just Two More :)

Hi! I'm afraid that both of these are 'no feeds'. The second photo, with the spotted leaves looks like Spotted Laurel (Aucuba japonica). Although we can't find evidence of toxicity, the leaves are leathery and unlikely to be palatable to tortoises, plus it can be confused with other plants that are ...
by Nina
07 Nov 2017, 22:11
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: A Couple of General Questions
Replies: 3
Views: 1449

Re: A Couple of General Questions

It's really interesting what you say about reptile physiology, as opposed to that of mammals like cats and dogs. It's often pretty obvious when a cat or dog is unwell or off colour, although there can be underlying conditions that take a while to show themselves. Reptiles also sometimes can appear u...
by Nina
07 Nov 2017, 19:14
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: A Couple of General Questions
Replies: 3
Views: 1449

Re: A Couple of General Questions

Hi, Tortoises do sleep a lot all year round, but at this time of year you will also find that they might be sleeping a bit more. 5.30? That is good! Mine, even at the height of summer, unless they are outdoors, will take themselves off to bed about 3 or 4 p.m. -- so I don't think you have anything t...
by Nina
04 Nov 2017, 23:09
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Winter feeding
Replies: 5
Views: 5351

Re: Winter feeding

Oops, I see that Lin posted her answer one minute before mine! At least we didn't contradict each other -- ha ha.

Nina
by Nina
04 Nov 2017, 23:01
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Winter feeding
Replies: 5
Views: 5351

Re: Winter feeding

Hi Shelley, It can be difficult in winter, especially when a tortoise wants to hibernate (is there a reason why you don't hibernate her)? We do have an article on overwintering a tortoise (this is often necessary if your tortoise is not well enough to hibernate or of course if it is a non-hibernatin...
by Nina
02 Nov 2017, 13:10
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Money Plant?
Replies: 3
Views: 1382

Re: Money Plant?

Oh dear -- sorry about that. Did you try typing Crassula Portulacea in the search box? I tried that it it works (but I do know that there are sometimes glitches when it doesn't work). Anyway, glad we got the right plant.

Nina
by Nina
01 Nov 2017, 11:46
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Money Plant?
Replies: 3
Views: 1382

Re: Money Plant?

Hi! We do have an entry for Crassula Portulacea in our plant database, and it's safe to feed in moderation or even sparingly. Yours probably looks a bit like the second photo in the first row of small photos (Crassula ovata var. Gollum), because I think the portulacea has longish tubular leaves. Let...
by Nina
01 Nov 2017, 08:52
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Tortoise Hibernation
Replies: 4
Views: 1690

Re: Tortoise Hibernation

Hi Hannah,

Well, this sounds very interesting indeed! We'll look into it and let you know what we find. If there really is a gadget that can completely control the temperature in a fridge that would be a huge relief!

Nina
by Nina
29 Oct 2017, 22:24
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Nervous About Diet
Replies: 10
Views: 4662

Re: Nervous About Diet

I agree with LIn -- we all panic and the thing is to resist the urge to do that. It can be a bit more difficult to find a good variety of food in the winter, but you can buy mixtures seeds specifically meant for tortoises, and we can point you in that direction. It's amazing how much is still around...
by Nina
29 Oct 2017, 22:07
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Powersun Bulbs
Replies: 5
Views: 2461

Re: Powersun Bulbs

That's great! And I'm really glad that you got a digital thermometer with a probe -- they are so much better than a little thermometer stuck to a wall. What you want to measure is the temperature directly below the heat source, and at the height of a tortoise's shell. It's amazing how much lower the...
by Nina
28 Oct 2017, 23:46
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Powersun Bulbs
Replies: 5
Views: 2461

Re: Powersun Bulbs

You're right, you definitely cannot use dimmers with mercury vapour combined bulbs like Powersuns. So as Lin says, you just have to lower or raise the lamp to get the right temperature. If it's very warm in the room, like in the summer, and you have to raise the bulb very high away from the table to...
by Nina
28 Oct 2017, 23:37
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Thinking of Getting a Tortoise
Replies: 10
Views: 3042

Re: Thinking of Getting a Tortoise

Sounds like you're going great guns and will be ready well before Christmas! What are you using the dimmer thermostat for -- is it for a ceramic heat emitter in case it gets too cold at night? I had one when I lived in an especially cold house (thin layer of ice on a cup of water by my bedside somet...
by Nina
27 Oct 2017, 23:00
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Thinking of Getting a Tortoise
Replies: 10
Views: 3042

Re: Thinking of Getting a Tortoise

HI Vikki, Could you tell me where your Pets Corner is? I almost never recommend pet shops to people (except for one near where I live as it is absolutely brilliant), but yours sounds exceptionally good and if we hear of people living in your area I could mention your shop to them. No wonder you love...
by Nina
27 Oct 2017, 21:25
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Thinking of Getting a Tortoise
Replies: 10
Views: 3042

Re: Thinking of Getting a Tortoise

Hi Vikki, Well, I have to say I am super impressed with the pet shop you work for! In my experience 99% of pet shops will sell vivs to the customer when they sell the tortoise, so your pet shop is definitely clued up and giving out good advice. And converting a bookshelf is an excellent way to get y...
by Nina
27 Oct 2017, 19:05
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Thinking of Getting a Tortoise
Replies: 10
Views: 3042

Re: Thinking of Getting a Tortoise

Hi LittlePenBigHeart (lol, sorry, I don't know your real name), and welcome to The Tortoise Table! It sounds like your job puts you in a good position to learn about tortoise care, and Hermann tortoises are a really good species to keep. Cat's aren't usually a problem, but it would be best if you co...
by Nina
25 Oct 2017, 22:16
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: White circles on shell
Replies: 8
Views: 3873

Re: White circles on shell

Hi Beth, My goodness, at 46g he is very small for three years of age -- but the hard times are behind him now and, as you say, it's the future you need to concentrate on. I do agree with you that new investigations as to whether there is an underlying virus are probably not warranted now, and you do...
by Nina
25 Oct 2017, 20:44
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: White circles on shell
Replies: 8
Views: 3873

Re: White circles on shell

Hi Beth -- and it's great to hear that Thor's face abscesses are finally healed (and yes, touching wood is in order I guess)! It was difficult for me to see the circles on your photos, but I think I have seen what you mean on the second photo. Are they always circles, or are they sometimes a bit lik...
by Nina
15 Oct 2017, 17:57
Forum: Identification of Plants from outside of the UK
Topic: Mysterious Plant in Backyard
Replies: 8
Views: 3370

Re: Mysterious Plant in Backyard

Hi Mekie -- great to hear from you! Hmm, this is a puzzler. It certainly does look like a young banana plant, and that new leaf is unfurling like a young banana leaf. The only other thing I thought it might look like is one of the Canna Lilies -- but I think their leaves are more pointy than yours, ...