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by Nina
12 May 2018, 09:27
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: I.d please
Replies: 9
Views: 3385

Re: I.d please

I know, it's great, isn't it -- things just seem to pop up overnight. All that lovely tortoise food just waiting to be devoured!

Nina
by Nina
08 May 2018, 23:28
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Id please
Replies: 7
Views: 3052

Re: Id please

Hi Stevie, Thanks for the photos. It's difficult on a couple of them to give a definite ID, and when you're sending multiple photos they do sometimes come out in a different order, so if you could possibly number them that would be great. Anyway, Lin and I have had a look and here is what we think: ...
by Nina
08 May 2018, 20:11
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Hibiscus/ hebe
Replies: 1
Views: 1805

Re: Hibiscus/ hebe

Hi Stevie, Your Hebe will be absolutely fine in the enclosure. You can pull off some of the brown leaves if that makes you feel better, but they won't do any harm. The Hibiscus will also be fine to plant in the enclosure, but they do get pretty big and tortoises are good climbers, so if it is near t...
by Nina
07 May 2018, 22:10
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Plant id?
Replies: 6
Views: 2866

Re: Plant id?

I agree -- you're doing really well Steve, and you can never be paranoid about plants and tortoises. We know of tortoises who have died from eating toxic plants, and it's always best to be sure about what you feed them. Don't hesitate to ask us if you are ever unsure.

Nina
by Nina
07 May 2018, 16:00
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Plant id?
Replies: 6
Views: 2866

Re: Plant id?

Hi again. I've just had another look and I agree with Lin that the photo of the little plant you are holding could well be another Deadnettle. And they have a similar frill after the flowers have died. I do get small Yellow Archangel if it is growing in a not very happy space (like out of a crack in...
by Nina
07 May 2018, 14:57
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Plant id?
Replies: 6
Views: 2866

Re: Plant id?

Hi Steve, I'm not too sure on these. The first photo -- the one of the two plants growing out of the bricks, I thought might be one of the willowherbs, but I don't think it is now. It looks so familiar and I just can't name it, so hopefully Lin will come on with some ideas. The second photo -- with ...
by Nina
07 May 2018, 14:35
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: I.d please
Replies: 9
Views: 3385

Re: I.d please

Oh dear, Bex -- how did we miss this?! I'm so sorry. I've only just discovered this post, and I should have had a notice sent to me when you posted it. I'll bet it's grown, flowered, and died by now, but I think it is probably one of the Hawkbits, and here is our entry for it https://www.thetortoise...
by Nina
07 May 2018, 11:36
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Tracking
Replies: 1
Views: 2259

Re: Tracking

I know, it's super scary when they disappear -- and they are great escape artists. I remember quite a few years ago someone was advertising a device that was a bit like those gadgets that people use to find their keys (where you clap and your keys respond with a beep), but I don't know what happened...
by Nina
01 May 2018, 21:23
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Florida Pusley
Replies: 3
Views: 2500

Re: Florida Pusley

Hi and thanks for contacting us. I've checked out Florida Pusley (Richardia scabra), and can't find any property in it that would indicate that it would be unsuitable for tortoises to eat. Also, I've found that this plant is much favored by Gopher tortoises in Georgia and elsewhere, so I think that ...
by Nina
22 Apr 2018, 16:21
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Dietary issues
Replies: 17
Views: 7889

Re: Dietary issues

Hi Nash, Don't worry -- we'll see if we can tweak your set-up a bit and get things right. First of all, can you tell me what kind of heat lamp you have? It's really important that you provide a lamp that gives out UVB for a tortoise. Some lamps have heat, light and UVB and other lamps are just heat ...
by Nina
22 Apr 2018, 16:01
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: New Herman today
Replies: 9
Views: 3554

Re: New Herman today

Hi Louise, Well, if the lamp hasn't blown and you are getting right temperature at the height of Mabel's shell, then I guess it's OK. What a lot of people do is fix and 'L'-shaped arm to the table, so there is an upright piece and then a piece that extend directly over the table, and the lamp is hun...
by Nina
22 Apr 2018, 13:57
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Dietary issues
Replies: 17
Views: 7889

Re: Dietary issues

Hi Nash, Thanks for contacting us! I know it can be a worry if your tortoise is losing weight. How long have you had them, and what are you feeding them? What weight were they when you got them, compared to now? Sorry for so many questions, but it helps to have a background picture. As I'm sure you ...
by Nina
20 Apr 2018, 21:45
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Weed/plant help please
Replies: 4
Views: 2011

Re: Weed/plant help please

No problem, Jennny -- that's what we're here for. Hope you get on well with the wildflower book. I have loads of wildflower books. The one I tend to use most often is The Wild Flower Key by Francis Rose, but there are loads of other really good ones. Have a good look through the book before you buy ...
by Nina
19 Apr 2018, 11:24
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Weed/plant help please
Replies: 4
Views: 2011

Re: Weed/plant help please

Hi Jennifer, No problem -- and it's great that you are tryng to ID more of the weeds in your garden. If you get a really good UK wildflower book, they usually have lots of photos and can be a great help. Here are IDs and links to the entries on our database for your plants in the first post. 1. Herb...
by Nina
17 Apr 2018, 22:21
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Water Dish!
Replies: 19
Views: 9573

Re: Water Dish!

Ha, ha -- I was thinking that the tortoise pebble collector would be in the same class as the crazy tortoise bag ladies who are to be seen walking up and down verges around the country and stuffing their carrier bags with weeds -- and now I find out that you fit both stereotypes! It sounds like the ...
by Nina
17 Apr 2018, 21:04
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Water Dish!
Replies: 19
Views: 9573

Re: Water Dish!

Well, that looks excellent! I like the dish -- and I assume that even though it is not as deep as the other dish, the water is still deep enough for him to put his head in and have a nice drink. I shall wait with baited breath for tomorrow's report on how successful this is (but I do think you've cr...
by Nina
17 Apr 2018, 18:45
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Tiny's new outside enclosure
Replies: 25
Views: 10715

Re: Tiny's new outside enclosure

Well, it's posts like yours that make it all worthwhile -- and thank you for being such a loyal supporter of the TTT! It's a great idea to keep moving things around to keep her interest up -- lol especially when she eats some of those lovely plants down to the ground and trashes some of the neat lit...
by Nina
17 Apr 2018, 18:12
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Water Dish!
Replies: 19
Views: 9573

Re: Water Dish!

Oh you are so lucky! What a beautiful part of the country. I live in Oxford, which is about as far from the sea as you can get in the UK (well, not sure -- Birmingham might be a tiny bit further). :(

Nina
by Nina
17 Apr 2018, 17:30
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Tiny's new outside enclosure
Replies: 25
Views: 10715

Re: Tiny's new outside enclosure

Bex you've done a fantastic job! What a lovely enclosure, and having the wire on top will mean that she can be safe and get the UVB during the day, and then closing the lid at night will keep her secure too. I think you have made a brilliant little enclosure -- lots of things to interest Tiny -- dif...
by Nina
17 Apr 2018, 17:08
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Water Dish!
Replies: 19
Views: 9573

Re: Water Dish!

People will wonder who that crazy beachcomber is, filling bags with pebbles! How lucky you are to live by the seaside -- which beach are you near?

Nina
by Nina
17 Apr 2018, 14:36
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Water Dish!
Replies: 19
Views: 9573

Re: Water Dish!

Hi Laura, I think they were almost all found, including a bit of an amonite that you can see at the back, but I might have bought some of the smaller pebbles at one point because they were pretty (but they just get tossed around and end up everywhere (still it gives them something to play with). I t...
by Nina
17 Apr 2018, 11:53
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Water Dish!
Replies: 19
Views: 9573

Re: Water Dish!

OK, here are some photos of my water dish. It's just a plastic plant pot saucer. I have a bigger table than yours, so I can afford to have a larger area of stones around mine, but actually those little pebbles that are around the outer edge aren't necessary -- they just give extra texture to walk on...
by Nina
17 Apr 2018, 08:17
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Water Dish!
Replies: 19
Views: 9573

Re: Water Dish!

Just getting ready to go to my class, so will respond more fully later, but yes, I think taking the lid off the sleeping area to start with is a good idea. And maybe even try putting the water dish in there at one end if it will fit. Maybe that means it couldn't be moved around as much and get as mu...
by Nina
16 Apr 2018, 22:45
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Nipplewort?
Replies: 3
Views: 2069

Re: Nipplewort?

Yes, that is indeed Nipplewort -- well done!

Nina
by Nina
16 Apr 2018, 22:38
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Water Dish!
Replies: 19
Views: 9573

Re: Water Dish!

Hi Laura, Lin has given good advice, and please don't panic yet and put wood chips in. The other thing to remember about wood chips is if Vera trashes the water bowl and the wood chips get wet and stay wet then they can go mouldy, which is not a good thing. Did Vera ever trash his water bowl in the ...