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by Nina
19 Jul 2017, 22:34
Forum: Identification of Plants from outside of the UK
Topic: Is this actually a Sansevieria?
Replies: 3
Views: 2546

Re: Is this actually a Sansevieria?

Hi Mekie -- great to hear from you. It certainly looks like Sansevieria to me. There are some lovely varieties -- I have a Sansevieria cylindrica -- it's a species where the leaves have sort of curled around and fused, vertically, so that the leaves are actually completely closed tubes that are poin...
by Nina
19 Jul 2017, 22:28
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Advice about puffy and closed eyes
Replies: 71
Views: 37758

Re: Advice about puffy and closed eyes

:D :D They never fail to surprise me! One of mine adores the narrow-leaf Plantain but turns her nose up at the broadleaf Plantain!

Nina :D
by Nina
18 Jul 2017, 21:00
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Nom nom nom
Replies: 2
Views: 2141

Re: Nom nom nom

Aww, great photo! It took me a while to see him -- cleverly camouflaged -- love it!
Mine love Sedum too, but Evening Primrose is their firm favourite, and this year I'm growing something called Malope Mallow, which is a lovely plant and they adore the nice pink flowers.

Nina
by Nina
18 Jul 2017, 16:04
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Piramiding
Replies: 13
Views: 5260

Re: Piramiding

Hi Tasha, I think you might try cutting down a bit on his portions, and I would definitely recommend the weight recording. If he eats a lot he will grow a lot (lol -- just like us), so that might be the problem, and it is easily solved (but you do have to be bit hard hearted and ignore those pleadin...
by Nina
18 Jul 2017, 14:36
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Various weed identification
Replies: 9
Views: 3421

Re: Various weed identification

Thanks for the additional photos, and I'm not sure about that plant either. It could be Ragwort, but there are other plants that can look sort of similar (Broadleaf filaree for example). I think if it was in my garden, and given how deadly Ragwort is, I would just err on the side of caution and eith...
by Nina
18 Jul 2017, 14:04
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Piramiding
Replies: 13
Views: 5260

Re: Piramiding

Hi Tasha, First of all he's a lovely little Hermann! I can see that he is starting to have some pyramiding, and this can be caused by a number of factors: the wrong food (for example, too high in protein); but also too much of the right food -- you said that he eats like a pig -- does that mean he i...
by Nina
17 Jul 2017, 19:48
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: ID please
Replies: 2
Views: 1854

Re: ID please

Hi Tracey, and I'm sorry that it's taken so long for us to respond to your post! It's hard to be completely sure, because those plants are stil quite young, but the on the left looks like a member of the Malvaceae family -- probably mallow or hollyhock, and should be fine (but just to be safe I woul...
by Nina
16 Jul 2017, 22:53
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Advice about puffy and closed eyes
Replies: 71
Views: 37758

Re: Advice about puffy and closed eyes

You are really a great keeper, Jayne, and you're doing a brilliant job. A Horsfield that doesn't like cucumber? What is Barry playing at? :D

Nina
by Nina
16 Jul 2017, 20:08
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Advice about puffy and closed eyes
Replies: 71
Views: 37758

Re: Advice about puffy and closed eyes

Hi Jayne, So sorry that no one has responded to your post! I've been out all afternoon and I guess the others have too -- but it is great to hear that Barry is making progress -- even if it is slow progress. And the fact that he is eating something is good -- I guess that if he can't see the food th...
by Nina
15 Jul 2017, 23:40
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Various weed identification
Replies: 9
Views: 3421

Re: Various weed identification

Thanks, Lin. Are you saying that both plants in the first photo are Sowthistles? I thought the smaller plant on the right was a Smooth Sowthistle, but the plant on the left doesn't look like a Smooth Sowthistle to me. -- is it another kind of Sowthistle? It looks like too big a rosette for a Sowthis...
by Nina
15 Jul 2017, 22:23
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Various weed identification
Replies: 9
Views: 3421

Re: Various weed identification

In the second lot of photos, the first two photos are Persicaria (type persicaria into the search box on our website and see if you agree).
I agree that the last photo is of a dandelion, so some nice munchies of this one for your tortoise.

Nina
by Nina
15 Jul 2017, 22:19
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Various weed identification
Replies: 9
Views: 3421

Re: Various weed identification

Hi Lisa, I'll have a go, but I'm not sure about some of these so hopefully Lin or someone else will come in too. The first lot of photos. In the first photo there are two plants. On the right is a smooth sowthistle, but I'm not completely sure what the plant on the left is. The second photo down loo...
by Nina
15 Jul 2017, 22:08
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Groundsel?
Replies: 2
Views: 1934

Re: Groundsel?

Hi Lisa,

Yes, sorry to say that is Groundsel -- so well spotted.

Nina
by Nina
15 Jul 2017, 13:59
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: New tort owner
Replies: 1
Views: 1426

Re: New tort owner

Hi Theresa and many congratulations on your two new tortoises (and congratulations also on what looks like a grass area full of juicy weeds for them to eat). It's almost impossible to tell the age of a tortoise (the birth date is the only safe way), but they are neither babies nor do they look parti...
by Nina
14 Jul 2017, 12:06
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Kleinmanni Bedtime
Replies: 2
Views: 2074

Re: Kleinmanni Bedtime

Aren't they sweet! How old are they now, Elaine?

Nina
by Nina
13 Jul 2017, 16:51
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Advice about puffy and closed eyes
Replies: 71
Views: 37758

Re: Advice about puffy and closed eyes

Hi Jayne,
I hope that Barry continues to improve. This is just to let you know that we have added Feldon Veterinary Centre to our list of Vets. It sounds like you and Barry had excellent treatment there, so hopefully others in the area will now use it too.

Cheers,
Nina
by Nina
12 Jul 2017, 22:38
Forum: News, Announcements and Events
Topic: BBC Wiltshire Radio - 13th July 2017 -- Tortoise talk
Replies: 0
Views: 3039

BBC Wiltshire Radio - 13th July 2017 -- Tortoise talk

For anyone who has access to BBC Wiltshire Radio -- Mary Datson from the Wiltshire Tortoise Group will be talking about tortoises at 8.15 tomorrow morning (Thursday, 13th July). Mary is a very experienced and highly respected tortoise keeper so it should be an interesting broadcast.

Nina
by Nina
12 Jul 2017, 08:10
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Advice about puffy and closed eyes
Replies: 71
Views: 37758

Re: Advice about puffy and closed eyes

I think the fact that you regularly spray the substrate would mean there was less chance of that happening from the substrate indoors, but you never know. In the wild they come from dry areas with a very sandy soil, so you have only been providing him with what he would have had naturally. Hopefully...
by Nina
11 Jul 2017, 22:27
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Advice about puffy and closed eyes
Replies: 71
Views: 37758

Re: Advice about puffy and closed eyes

Thanks, Jayne, that is brilliant news! I think Mark sounds like an excellent vet and we will add their practice to our list. I'm so pleased that Barry is on the mend. Did Mark say how he thought the problem occurred, or how you could prevent it from happening again? This is such great news -- has re...
by Nina
11 Jul 2017, 07:10
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Advice about puffy and closed eyes
Replies: 71
Views: 37758

Re: Advice about puffy and closed eyes

Hi Jayne,
Thanks so much for updating us, and this is good news, I think! Hopefully the vet will find out the cause of the swollen eyes tomorrow, and be able to make him well again! We'll be thinking of you and Barry, and it's good that he has eaten -- even if it's only a little.

Nina x
by Nina
09 Jul 2017, 23:24
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Advice about puffy and closed eyes
Replies: 71
Views: 37758

Re: Advice about puffy and closed eyes

Good luck tomorrow, Jayne! We'll all be thinking of you and Barry.

Nina xx
by Nina
08 Jul 2017, 09:05
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Advice about puffy and closed eyes
Replies: 71
Views: 37758

Re: Advice about puffy and closed eyes

Hi Jayne, Oh dear, his eye does look bad! Thanks for posting the photos of your set-up. I think it looks very good -- lots of nice variation and things to walk over and around, and it's great that you have taken the glass out of the viv, as you are now getting a good temperature range. My only quest...
by Nina
08 Jul 2017, 08:44
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Advice about puffy and closed eyes
Replies: 71
Views: 37758

Re: Advice about puffy and closed eyes

Hi Jayne, I know you said you might have missed a wee because you have sprayed the substrate, but Helen suggests that if Barry really isn't weeing then it could be a renal problem, so when you next go to the vet it might be a good idea to ask him if he can check the renal function. Good luck, and pl...
by Nina
08 Jul 2017, 07:43
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Advice about puffy and closed eyes
Replies: 71
Views: 37758

Re: Advice about puffy and closed eyes

Hi Jayne, I'm so sorry to hear that Barry has been so unwell! I'm sort of at a loss to think of any cause of his eye problems other than what your vet has suggested. I've just looked through my copy of 'Veterinary Management of Tortoises and Turtles' by Stuart McArthur, and the only causes I can see...
by Nina
06 Jul 2017, 14:47
Forum: Rehoming
Topic: REHOMED this 1 year old Hermann tortoise
Replies: 4
Views: 2706

Re: Rehoming a 1 year old Hermann tortoise

Hi Natalie,
I'm so sorry to hear this -- it must be a really stressful time for your family. I've let Elaine know that you've posted about rehoming, and I'm sure she will be on soon with some advice.

Nina