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by Nina
14 Oct 2017, 22:22
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Not plantain but what is it?
Replies: 7
Views: 3312

Re: Not plantain but what is it?

Yes, I agree it could well be Knapweed. Here's a photo of Common Knapweed leaves and it does look very similar:
http://wildflowerfinder.org.uk/Flowers/ ... _017p4.jpg
So well done, Heather!
Nina
by Nina
08 Oct 2017, 16:06
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Winter
Replies: 7
Views: 3362

Re: Winter

Aww, it sounds like you've got some really nice ideas to keep them interested this winter -- I think they will be very happy. Yes, vivariums are frowned on for a variety of reasons, but pet shops are often not well informed and will very often recommend vivs. Here's an article on the Tortoise Trust ...
by Nina
08 Oct 2017, 14:12
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Winter Enclosure
Replies: 4
Views: 4042

Re: Winter Enclosure

Sorry, message written twice so have deleted.
by Nina
08 Oct 2017, 14:11
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Winter Enclosure
Replies: 4
Views: 4042

Re: Winter Enclosure

> Hi Nash, > > You've posted this message in two places (it's easily done), and I've just > answered it on other thread you posted on, but here is a cut and paste of > what I said there (it's probably best to reply on that other one, as that > was a new thread you started) and Oh dear, I think I acc...
by Nina
08 Oct 2017, 14:03
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Winter
Replies: 7
Views: 3362

Re:Winter

Hi Nash, They are lovely little leopards, and I guess we are all noticing the approach of winter (my Horsfields just won't wake up in the morning -- but they are hibernating species and it's natural for them to wind down. Ahh, entertainment. I don't think there is anything really (although I know se...
by Nina
06 Oct 2017, 07:39
Forum: Aquatic Species
Topic: When keepers get it completely wrong...
Replies: 11
Views: 6265

Re: When keepers get it completely wrong...

Yes, if I remember correctly the ponds are in this country, and as far as I know, Map Turtles (Graptemys geographica) hibernate a the bottom of a pond in winter. I have read that they do like it to be relatively cold (5C or below), and they are quite happy hibernating at the bottom even when there i...
by Nina
05 Oct 2017, 17:11
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Beak Trimming
Replies: 9
Views: 4177

Re: Beak Trimming

I don't know if it would work, but you could try feeding her on a piece of slate or limestone and see if the overgrowth gradually wears down a bit (but it might be easier just to ask your vet if he thinks it needs trimming). Difficult to say, sometimes -- maybe someone else will come in and say if t...
by Nina
05 Oct 2017, 13:04
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Beak Trimming
Replies: 9
Views: 4177

Re: Beak Trimming

Glad you got the photos up! Yes the uploading process baffles me most of the time too.
Well, the beak does look a bit long, but not the worst I've seen. Does it inhibit her from eating easily?

Nina
by Nina
04 Oct 2017, 09:04
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Is this one of the hawk bit/ beard ones?
Replies: 4
Views: 1824

Re: Is this one of the hawk bit/ beard ones?

Hi Stevie, Yes, it does look like one of the Hawkbits to me (they have more hairy leaves than the Hawkbeards do). It's also possible that it is Cat's Ear (which also has hairy leaves), but the way the leaves are coming out of the ground makes me think that it isn't Cat's Ear. In any case, both plant...
by Nina
03 Oct 2017, 19:34
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Tortoise Hibernation
Replies: 4
Views: 1690

Re: Tortoise Hibernation

Hi David, Oh dear, it is definitely that time again. I had problems stabilising my temps in my under the counter fridge last year, so I know what you are struggling with. First of all you might be fine with polystyrene boxes, but I would never use them with my tortoises (Horsfields), as they would c...
by Nina
03 Oct 2017, 19:20
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Beak Trimming
Replies: 9
Views: 4177

Re: Beak Trimming

Hi Heather, I haven't had to do this myself, but I do remember people talking about using a dremel (that little rotary tool). I know that people trim the beaks of their tortoises safely, but you do need to be careful as underneath the top layer of hard keratin in the beak there are blood vessels and...
by Nina
03 Oct 2017, 19:11
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Ragwort
Replies: 5
Views: 2584

Re: Ragwort

Very wise words, Heather -- thanks! And you are right that many horses, and most cattle, shy away from Ragwort in fields. The toxic component -- pyrrolizidine alkaloids -- give the plant a very bitter taste when it is fresh, but the process of wilting or dying reduces the bitterness and, as you say,...
by Nina
02 Oct 2017, 22:29
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Underweight Spur Thigh
Replies: 5
Views: 3111

Re: Underweight Spur Thigh

It's great to hear that Esther has been active today. LOL -- you should see my two Horsfields. As of last week they won't wake up in the mornings, and will sleep all day if I let them. It's just the time of year when hibernation instinct kicks in, and I have to wake them up each morning and put them...
by Nina
01 Oct 2017, 19:02
Forum: Aquatic Species
Topic: Pinky the box turtle
Replies: 4
Views: 3105

Re: Pinky the box turtle

Well you've obviously given her a great home and environment to live in, as she looks very healthy! Can we see your other species too? We never get tired of looking at photos of turtles and tortoises!

Nina
by Nina
01 Oct 2017, 18:53
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Underweight Spur Thigh
Replies: 5
Views: 3111

Re: Underweight Spur Thigh

Hi Matt, I wouldn't worry just yet. I don't keep Spur-thighs, but 285 g. for a 3 year old doesn't seem bad to me. It sounds like you are measuring her properly, but do remember that the Jackson ratio was devised to determine whether a tortoise is of sufficient weight to go into hibernation, and it i...
by Nina
01 Oct 2017, 18:26
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: How big is too big?
Replies: 9
Views: 3979

Re: How big is too big?

Ooh, what a handsome fellow Mr B is! And it looks like you've made a really nice environent for him too. I had a very similar indoor enclosure when I first got my tortoise, and they are fine, but the only tweak I would do on it, if you can, is to remove that plastic top with the grill. As long as Mr...
by Nina
01 Oct 2017, 11:06
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: How big is too big?
Replies: 9
Views: 3979

Re: How big is too big?

Hi Richy1 and welcome to The Tortoise Table! I love Marginated tortoises -- the adult males with those flared scutes at the back look so elegant. It sounds to me like you are doing just fine. Sorry your photos wouldn't upload -- have you reduced them in size and read our guide for uploading photos? ...
by Nina
28 Sep 2017, 09:41
Forum: Aquatic Species
Topic: Pinky the box turtle
Replies: 4
Views: 3105

Re: Pinky the box turtle

Aww isn't she lovely -- and she does smile! What sort of set-up do you have her in, and how long have you been keeping Boxies?

Nina
by Nina
27 Sep 2017, 16:19
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Weed IDs
Replies: 5
Views: 2750

Re: Weed IDs

Yum, yum. Ny torts love Campanula. It might be nice if we could ID that middle plant. I agree with Lin that it is probably one of the Mint family, but some of them are very edible (like garden mint) and some aren't (like peppermint and a few others). The thing is that the flowers in your photo were ...
by Nina
27 Sep 2017, 16:02
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Ipomoea aquatica?
Replies: 9
Views: 3867

Re: Ipomoea aquatica?

That is great that you are keeping those species of turtles. Most of us on the TTT team have far less experience of turtles than we do of tortoises, so we might call on you for expert advice sometime! And yes, as far as I know, turtles are omnivorous, with young turtles having a bit more protein (fi...
by Nina
26 Sep 2017, 07:46
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Ipomoea aquatica?
Replies: 9
Views: 3867

Re: Ipomoea aquatica?

Well, if you are sure there are no heavy metals polluting the water then I don't see why you couldn't feed it several times a week in moderation. As you probably know, tortoises need a high fibre and low protein diet, in order to grow slowly -- and slow growth is what we are aiming for in tortoises,...
by Nina
25 Sep 2017, 17:21
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Ipomoea aquatica?
Replies: 9
Views: 3867

Re: Ipomoea aquatica?

Well, theoretically it should be fine to feed. The problem is if it is grown in water that is polluted with heavy metals, as it absorbs them and it wouldn't then be good for your turtle or tortoise to eat a lot of it. If you know that your water is safe then it shouldn't be a problem, so I was just ...
by Nina
25 Sep 2017, 17:10
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Weight Gain
Replies: 16
Views: 12664

Re: Weight Gain

Hi Wordsdoctorate (sorry, I don't know your real name), and welcome to The Tortoise Table! We're here to answer any questions you might have or just chat about tortoises. Why not start a new thread and tell us about your tortoise (or tortoises) -- it's always nice to welcome new friends and learn ab...
by Nina
24 Sep 2017, 10:45
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Ipomoea aquatica?
Replies: 9
Views: 3867

Re: Ipomoea aquatica?

Well, I've had a little look, and like all of these things there are variables that are important -- like where it is growing. I've just seen a study http://tinyurl.com/ycbtgrtj that says that Ipomoea aquatica can take up large quantities of heavy metals present in water, and in fact it has been use...
by Nina
24 Sep 2017, 09:59
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Ipomoea aquatica?
Replies: 9
Views: 3867

Re: Ipomoea aquatica?

Very good question, and in fact we had a question about this on our old forum, but I can't now remember what we said and the files from that forum are now inaccessible (lol so I will start the research from scratch and get back to you as soon as I come up with something).

Nina