Speedy's busy day

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Bex
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Speedy's busy day

Post by Bex » 09 Apr 2017, 15:30

1st full day out in the sun....
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lin
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Re: Speedy's busy day

Post by lin » 09 Apr 2017, 15:51

Oh bless. They just adore the sunshine.
Thanks Bex.

Lin

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Re: Speedy's busy day

Post by Nina » 09 Apr 2017, 18:09

He has had a lovely day! I love it when they are curious and explore, and Speedy is certainly curious!

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Post by Bex » 13 Jun 2017, 16:03

Couldn't resist trying Speedy with some of my Nan's home grown strawberries.... I think they were a hit!! 8-)
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Re: Speedy's busy day

Post by lin » 13 Jun 2017, 16:37

Oh dear. Of course they were a hit, don't we all just love something that we shouldn't be eating - :lol:
Perhaps that yummy strawberry, especially as it was from Nan's house, should be kept for those that will really appreciate them and not your greedy little shelled one, bless him - lol Sulcatas will eat anything they shouldn't . They're little devils but yours is a handsome one..

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Post by Bex » 13 Jun 2017, 22:26

I promise I won't do it again...unfortunately she is very fussy with eating, takes me weeks to get her to try something new! Also she won't stay out in the sun for long, keep finding her in the coldest part of garden asleep or fussing at door to come in, then she just goes under living room table! I keep putting her in the sun but she marches off back to where I found her, is this normal?? I thought they thrive on heat?
Just want her to be as happy as possible.

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Post by lin » 13 Jun 2017, 22:39

The more you offer her things that are sweet and juicy, things she shouldnt have, the more she will turn her nose up at the better things you offer her Bex.
Be cruel to be kind is the way forward for Sulcatas that are being awkward and just remove the sweets only offering grass, hays and a very few flowers to make a ratio of 80% grass and 20% flowers or there abouts. You will make a rod for your own back if you dont put your foot down and be strick now. I know it sounds horrid but please do the right thing for this little beauty. :D

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Re: Speedy's busy day

Post by Bex » 13 Jun 2017, 23:14

Lesson learnt... Do I need to worry about her lack of liking the sun?

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Post by Elaine » 14 Jun 2017, 10:37

Bex, for a first day out Speedy has done so well. The more she is out absorbing the natural UV the stronger and healthier she will get and this in turn will increase the amount of time she will stay in full sun. It is always best to offer both sun and shade and let them decide for themselves, but like you it'd give her a little cool time then try to encourage the sunnier spots whilst we have them.

You do realise that this is a rod for your own back come rainy and winter days. Speedy will SULK, so enjoy these sunny days and adventures and remind yourself of them when Speedy is clunking around begging to get out LOL

Beautiful pictures!
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lin
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Re: Speedy's busy day

Post by lin » 14 Jun 2017, 11:09

Oh I agree with Elaine there, Bex. Shut him up for winter and he will drive you nuts wanting to get out. :lol:

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Re: Speedy's busy day

Post by Bex » 14 Jun 2017, 13:31

Thanks guys, she's been out all morning walking around and only just found a shady bit (1pm) :) ...yep already dreading winter!! Keep telling myself it'll be fine lol...just ordered a plastic reinforced greenhouse to grow grass all year round!

Warning to anyone reading...

If getting a sulcata...

RESEARCH FIRST 8-)

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Re: Speedy's busy day

Post by lin » 14 Jun 2017, 13:42

Its good to research first Bex....BUT...we all learn as we go along, nobody knows it all so your not alone and your doing great.

During the winter they will eat the Testudo pre alpien for grazing species and products like Graze on or Ready Grass. The thing is to get them used to it before winter and having grass growing to mix in with it is a great idea.

Lin

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