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by Nina
19 Jun 2017, 09:06
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Help with plant id please
Replies: 4
Views: 2117

Re: Help with plant id please

Hi and so sorry that it has taken a while for us to respond to your post. Fittonia and Hypoestes are in the same family, but it can be difficult to tell them apart. From what I can see, the stems of Fittonia are covered in a short fuzz (are your stems smooth or fuzzy?), and the markings on the leave...
by Nina
11 Jun 2017, 20:08
Forum: Aquatic Species
Topic: When keepers get it completely wrong...
Replies: 11
Views: 5718

Re: When keepers get it completely wrong...

Hi Heather,

If you want to read a bit more about Metabolic Bone Disease here is a link (but if you google it you will find lots more):
http://africantortoise.com/metabolic_bone_disease.htm

Nina
by Nina
08 Jun 2017, 19:11
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Suitable wood for building outdoor enclosure
Replies: 21
Views: 8793

Re: Suitable wood for building outdoor enclosure

Hope you have a smooth trip back, Joe. Did you see lots of lovely turtles?

Nina
by Nina
05 Jun 2017, 09:01
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Suitable wood for building outdoor enclosure
Replies: 21
Views: 8793

Re: Suitable wood for building outdoor enclosure

Hi Teddy, It is definitely worth reading Joe's thread on the Tortoise Trust forum (link in his email above) -- excellent instructiions on how to build it and photos. You will have to register for the Forum, but it's easy, and you can always unregister afterwards if you want to. It's a great enclosur...
by Nina
03 Jun 2017, 14:50
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Questions about Hector's Care
Replies: 1
Views: 1312

Re: Questions about Hector's Care

Well, hi to Hector and his family (it sounds to me like Hector was very lucky to have found you guys, as you are giving him a great home! Here are some response to your questions, and I'll use the same numbering that you did: 1. Miracle Grow Potting Soil will have lots of fertilizers in it, to help ...
by Nina
01 Jun 2017, 11:50
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Stressed tortoise?
Replies: 4
Views: 2209

Re: Stressed tortoise?

I'm sure the reduced temperatures will help her. When you say you 'infra-red' lamp -- can I ask which kind it is? Just curious. Also, while she is indoors in the warmer weather, it's even more important to ensure that she has nice long baths (15 - 20 minutes at least), three or four times a week, as...
by Nina
31 May 2017, 17:23
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: weed id please
Replies: 5
Views: 2289

Re: weed id please

Hi Tina, Before you pull them up, just wait until Lin gets in tonight so that she can double check my IDs. Getting rid of soil is a real pain, isn't it. I have many, many window boxes and tubs and it is such a pain to get rid of the old compost in them when I'm planting new stuff. I've just finished...
by Nina
31 May 2017, 16:09
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: weed id please
Replies: 5
Views: 2289

Re: weed id please

Hi Tina -- and i hope you are well too (and that Jonny is enjoying the bits of sunshine we've been having). Here is what I think your plants are, but I hope that Lin will come on later and confirm or correct me! First photo -- I'm not completely sure on this one, but it looks like one of the Matrica...
by Nina
30 May 2017, 15:45
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Newly Hatched Horsfield Tortoise
Replies: 5
Views: 2922

Re: Newly Hatched Horsfield Tortoise

Those are great photos, Helen -- and such interesting information too (it's amazing how they are all folded up inside that shell by the time they are ready to hatch)! Thanks for posting!

Nina
by Nina
30 May 2017, 15:43
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Stressed tortoise?
Replies: 4
Views: 2209

Re: Stressed tortoise?

Hi Shelley, It's hard to say why your tortoise is running a circuit around one part of her table, but it isn't uncommon. Sometimes it's just something that they do, and other times there is a definite reason. It could be because she has so enjoyed being outdoors lately that she is protesting and wan...
by Nina
29 May 2017, 18:33
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Pinworm
Replies: 16
Views: 9159

Re: Pinworm

Hi Bex, It's amazing how two tortoises, raised under the same condiions can have completely different personalities -- just like people I guess. If you are growing the plants outdoors, then you should be able to ID them once they get a bit bigger (send us photos if you can't). If you are growing the...
by Nina
29 May 2017, 18:28
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Dietary issues
Replies: 17
Views: 5284

Re: Dietary issues

Could he go out into your back yard? Is it walled so that he couldn't escape? I once had an outdoor area for my tortoise on a small paved area in back of my house. I just got some loose bricks and made some makeshift walls. Then I dumped a load of topsoil mixed with sand in it, put half a flower pot...
by Nina
29 May 2017, 09:26
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Dietary issues
Replies: 17
Views: 5284

Re: Dietary issues

I think I would stick to Nutrobal three or four times a week and give a pure calcium supplement on the days that you aren't giving Nutrobal. The Calcidust is fine -- it is just 100% calcium carbonate powder and you can use that on days when you aren't using Nutrobal, or you can buy pure calcium carb...
by Nina
27 May 2017, 22:30
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Pinworm
Replies: 16
Views: 9159

Re: Pinworm

Hi Bex, Great to hear from you and catch up on how Speedy and Tiny are doing! Shame about the pin worms, but hopefully after the latest treatment all will be well. Isn't it amazing how a bit of sun and a bit of rain bring all these lovely weeds out of the ground! Mine are thoroughly enjoying being o...
by Nina
27 May 2017, 17:21
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Dietary issues
Replies: 17
Views: 5284

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: 2482

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: 5284

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: 2482

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: 3843

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: 3843

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: 5579

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: 5579

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: 1852

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: 12135

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: 5718

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...