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by Nina
08 Aug 2020, 13:24
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Poorly tortoise
Replies: 5
Views: 140

Re: Poorly tortoise

It sounds like he is in good hands, and the fact that he was energetic when he was outdoors is a very good sign. Have you tried hand feeding him with something that you know he is fond of? It's a slippery slope because if you hand feed too much then they don't want to eat by themselves, but you coul...
by Nina
07 Aug 2020, 09:20
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Humid hides for older tortoises
Replies: 3
Views: 103

Re: Humid hides for older tortoises

I don't think it is essential, and if you have a water bowl in there, and give the substrate a light spray every day or two that should help. But why not try it and see if Jemima likes it? LOL, and do report back if she does!

Nina
by Nina
07 Aug 2020, 09:09
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Poorly tortoise
Replies: 5
Views: 140

Re: Poorly tortoise

Hi Jenson, So sorry to be late in coming onto this thread, and really sorry to hear that he is unwell. As you only got him in mid-July he was probably harbouring that illness when he arrived with you, so I doubt very much that it was anything to do with your husbandry. The antiobiotics should clear ...
by Nina
06 Aug 2020, 21:54
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Humid hides for older tortoises
Replies: 3
Views: 103

Re: Humid hides for older tortoises

Hi Jodie, I'm afraid I'm not an authority on humid hides,so I'm hoping that someone who knows more than I do will come in here with some advice. Horsfields in particular like a fairly dry environment, but the right Relative Humidity in the substrate (45% - 55%) is good for them. The one thing that i...
by Nina
01 Aug 2020, 10:06
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Pyramiding in young tortoises
Replies: 4
Views: 269

Re: Pyramiding in young tortoises

Hi Lucre, Yippee! I'm so glad that you've welcomed Rigel and Bamboo into your home (and Jeff -- wherever he is -- might get jealous and decide to come back). That is very odd that the woman said the tortoises were newborn, because they don't look like that to me. How much do they weigh? Just for inf...
by Nina
30 Jul 2020, 12:36
Forum: News, Announcements and Events
Topic: Now to Convert a Vivarium -- new article
Replies: 0
Views: 3836

Now to Convert a Vivarium -- new article

For all of you who have been persuaded to buy a vivarium for your tortoise, and then regretted it (or know someone who has), do read the new article on our website about how one family set about converting their unsuitable vivarium into a great tortoise table. Complete with photos and humourous acco...
by Nina
28 Jul 2020, 22:23
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Piece/pieces broken off beak
Replies: 14
Views: 1246

Re: Piece/pieces broken off beak

Thanks for letting us know, Tina. We've had the 'before' photo, so lookin forward to the 'after' photo of handsome Jonny too!

Nina
by Nina
27 Jul 2020, 16:34
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: General tort questions
Replies: 3
Views: 205

Re: General tort questions

Aww, that's great to hear that she perked up (I guess she was just having a Monday morning lie in)!

Nina
by Nina
27 Jul 2020, 13:10
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: General tort questions
Replies: 3
Views: 205

Re: General tort questions

Hi Jody, It could well be light levels that cause the idle days (but also tortoises, like people, just have some days when they aren't as active -- lol, I'm having one of those days today). Sometimes on dark, dreary days they seem to sense that, even though the light in their tortoise table is artif...
by Nina
25 Jul 2020, 21:49
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Adopted Horsefield questions
Replies: 4
Views: 971

Re: Adopted Horsefield questions

Hi and so sorry to be late in responding to your post! Regarding lining the table -- most people line the table no matter what substrate they are using, because wee and spilled water can make the wood a bit damp, and also it's easier for cleaning. It's not absolutely necessary (especially if your wo...
by Nina
24 Jul 2020, 12:59
Forum: News, Announcements and Events
Topic: Apology for temporary inaccessibility of website and app
Replies: 0
Views: 781

Apology for temporary inaccessibility of website and app

Many apologies to everyone who tried unsuccessfully to access our website last night and this morning (23rd - 24th July). The problem was caused by a type of security certificate that should have renewed automatically but failed to do so. We've sorted this out and the website and app are up and runn...
by Nina
21 Jul 2020, 22:05
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Adopted Horsefield questions
Replies: 4
Views: 971

Re: Adopted Horsefield questions

Hi Jenson, and welcome to The Tortoise Table! Congratulations on adopting your Horsfield -- they are a great species with lots of personality. Just for information, the species is names after Dr Thomas Horsfield, a 19th Century naturalist, and that is why there is no 'e' in the middle of Horsfield. ...
by Nina
20 Jul 2020, 09:29
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Heat lamp advice
Replies: 16
Views: 2913

Re: Heat lamp advice

Hi and congratulations on the new house! The temperature of a room had a huge effect on the temperature in the tortoise table, so if your room is 16C then in the tortoise table it won't be as hot as if it were 26C in the room. We're due to have warm temperatures this week so hopefully your room temp...
by Nina
19 Jul 2020, 14:40
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Worming advice
Replies: 3
Views: 719

Re: Worming advice

Ha, ha -- I did say 'Jody' didn't I? Just shows how rattled your brain becomes when you've spent the day catching up on episodes of The Repair Shop and Gardener's World!
Anyway, I am really glad that both you and Jemima are free of worms! :lol:

Nina
by Nina
18 Jul 2020, 21:42
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Worming advice
Replies: 3
Views: 719

Re: Worming advice

Hi Jody, Great to hear from you and apologies for the late reply (lol I took break to catch up on some telly I'd missed!). That's great news that Jody's test results showed she doesn't have a worm infestation. Some people worm every year or two without a test, but i think that is not to the benefit ...
by Nina
18 Jul 2020, 13:49
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Heat/light set up
Replies: 1
Views: 282

Re: Heat/light set up

Hi Chara and welcome to the Tortosie Table (and apologies for the delay in responding to your message). First of all, congratulations on getting a tortoise table for your little Hermanns (what is his name by the way?) -- he will be so much happier in there than in a vivarium (which many people mista...
by Nina
17 Jul 2020, 11:32
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Tortoise table heating
Replies: 1
Views: 287

Re: Tortoise table heating

Hi Victoria and welcome to The Tortoise Table! And thanks too for the compliments! That is brilliant that you have built Elliot a table, and I thnk that with just a few tweaks we can get it perfect for him. Just to make sure I am understanding you correctly: your sources of light and heat are a UVB ...
by Nina
16 Jul 2020, 16:19
Forum: Identification of Plants from outside of the UK
Topic: Local Flower ID
Replies: 3
Views: 1041

Re: Local Flower ID

Yes, it's a very pretty plant and tasty for tortoises too. And it should seed itself in your garden so you will have them next year (or you could save some seeds too and sow them just in case it doesn't seed itself.

Nina
by Nina
14 Jul 2020, 11:29
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Tortoise Pee
Replies: 1
Views: 432

Re: Tortoise Pee

Hi and welcome to The Tortoise Table! If you are bathing her often, that's great, and she shouldn't be dehydrated, but it's possible that she isn't drinking in the bath. How long do you bathe her for? We would recommend 15 - 20 minutes in a container that she can't see out of, in warm water that com...
by Nina
13 Jul 2020, 13:38
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Lethargic Tortoise
Replies: 3
Views: 530

Re: Lethargic Tortoise

Hi Oliver and welcome to The Tortoise Table, How wonderful to have an older tortoise -- especially when you think of all they have seen during their long lives! Do you know what species he is? Given his age he is probably a spur thigh, as they were one of the most common imported species back then, ...
by Nina
13 Jul 2020, 13:18
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Calcium.or growth
Replies: 3
Views: 550

Re: Calcium.or growth

Ha ha, she doesn't look happy at all about your proposed diet! When you weigh her -- try and do it in roughly the same circumstances (like just before or after a bath, just after a poo, etc.) because it's amazing how much weight they lose in having a poo! :shock: Regarding portions, it's really diff...
by Nina
13 Jul 2020, 10:01
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Calcium.or growth
Replies: 3
Views: 550

Re: Calcium.or growth

Hi Jody, Sorry to be late in responding, but we're having trouble with our email and I'm not getting notifications of forum postings. Nothing to worry about (or probably nothing to worry about :D ). Those are natural growth rings (so your tree analogy was spot on). As the tortoise grows his shell mu...
by Nina
07 Jul 2020, 12:42
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: My tortoise escaped
Replies: 33
Views: 5094

Re: My tortoise escaped

Hi Lucre,

Yes, I think you are absolutely right in not wanting to stress out the new little tortoises, and if your vet is willing to keep them for another week that would be the perfect solution!

Nina
by Nina
07 Jul 2020, 12:36
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: New parent to 3yr old Horsfield
Replies: 7
Views: 846

Re: New parent to 3yr old Horsfield

Hi Jody, So sorry to be late in responding, but I never got the automatic notification that a new post has been added to this thread! I think the Peak District is my favourite place area in the country! My son and I used to holiday there when he was younger, and I've also been on holiday with friend...
by Nina
06 Jul 2020, 22:14
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: My tortoise escaped
Replies: 33
Views: 5094

Re: My tortoise escaped

Hi Lucre, So sad about Jeff, but don't give up hope. Great news though about the new Hermanns -- I'll bet you're so exited! I was just remembering about your vivarium. As you live in Italy, your climate is much better than ours in England and so the tortoise can be outdoors more, but when the new li...