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by Nina
07 May 2021, 18:05
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Drowned - don't try this at home!
Replies: 1
Views: 47

Re: Drowned - don't try this at home!

Thanks for posting this, Heather! I've just read that article too, and I learned a lot because I'd never heard of cardiac shunting (for those of you who haven't heard of it either, it is a process whereby the blood flow can bypass the lungs and continue to deliver oxygen to other body tissues. I gat...
by Nina
06 May 2021, 10:14
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Overnight heat
Replies: 20
Views: 3824

Re: Overnight heat

Hi Mark, I'm afraid I don't think you will be able to hibernate your tortoise in Southern California, with the temperatures you have. They need a steady temperature of between 36F - 46F or 48F 24 hours a day if possible, and the ideal constant temperature for them is 41F. If there are warm days he w...
by Nina
05 May 2021, 09:28
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Overnight heat
Replies: 20
Views: 3824

Re: Overnight heat

Hi Mark, Yes, 15C (which is 59F or 60F) is a good temperature for nighttime for a Horsfield, and it could go a few degrees cooler as well. In the daytime they need a warm area of around 30C and a cooler area of around 20C, so that they can wander in and out of those areas in order to thermoregulate....
by Nina
05 May 2021, 09:18
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Aggressive Hermanns
Replies: 5
Views: 1750

Re: Aggressive Hermanns

Hi Mark, How old are your Russians and do you know what sex they are? If they are young, then they might be establishing dominance, and it is OK to leave them to it, as long as one doesn't inflict physical damage on the other (although it sounds as if your aggressive on might be inflicting damage). ...
by Nina
04 May 2021, 09:41
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Loss of appetite
Replies: 3
Views: 107

Re: Loss of appetite

Hi Jody, Thanks for the update on Jemima. It's interesting that your vet decided to worm Jemima with a low egg count for pin worms, as most vets now believe that there is no need to worm for a low egg count, and in fact that a very light load of worms is actually beneficial to a tortoise (something ...
by Nina
24 Apr 2021, 19:47
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Cactus and Succulent Journal from 1962
Replies: 1
Views: 454

Re: Cactus and Succulent Journal from 1962

Oh my, you have reached the right person here! I have a special interest in interesting and unusual cacti and succulents and have a little collection of them. I don't actually belong to the British Cactus and Succulent Society https://www.society.bcss.org.uk/ but the local branch holds an annual sho...
by Nina
24 Apr 2021, 19:29
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Echeveria setosa anyone?
Replies: 1
Views: 430

Re: Echeveria setosa anyone?

Yes, you're right in thinking that the spp. means that the advice in the entry refers to all species of that genus, so Echeveria setosa should be fine to feed. And yes, large amounts of any succulent can result in the runs, but in reasonable amounts it should be fine. Bon appetit!

Nina
by Nina
22 Apr 2021, 22:01
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Lighting
Replies: 3
Views: 727

Re: Lighting

Hi Ann, Many thanks for getting back to me. Where did your vet say to put the heat mat (was it on the floor of the table or on the ceiling of a sleeping area, or a side wall)? The reason I ask is that it is extremely dangerous for a tortoise to sit on top of a heat mat (even if it is covered by subs...
by Nina
22 Apr 2021, 09:22
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Floyd update!
Replies: 2
Views: 382

Re: Floyd update!

Thanks so much for the update. Yes, I can see a difference -- so well done you for nursing him back to health! Great idea for the temporary enclosure -- and it looks really good. Just be sure that either you are around if he is outside, or that the table has holes drilled into it for drainage, becau...
by Nina
21 Apr 2021, 22:36
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Lighting
Replies: 3
Views: 727

Re: Lighting

Hi Ann, I'm sorry to hear that Turbo is sleeping a lot again. Could I ask what wattage your dual purpose light is (I assume this is a mercury vapour heat/light/uvb bulb)? You really shouldn't need a UVB strip if you have that, as it should be bright enough, and the strips don't give off a very brigh...
by Nina
21 Apr 2021, 12:18
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Shell damage Hermann's
Replies: 6
Views: 1096

Re: Shell damage Hermann's

Hi Richard,

I was just wondering if you took Izzy to the vet, and how she's doing.

Nina
by Nina
11 Apr 2021, 16:53
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Weight
Replies: 3
Views: 700

Re: Weight

Hi Amber, I wouldn't be concerned at all at this point. Sometimes the circumstances in which you weigh him can make a difference -- for example they can lose a couple of grams just having a poo. Also, is the latest weight with the new scales and the original weight with different scales? At low weig...
by Nina
10 Apr 2021, 12:59
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Shell damage Hermann's
Replies: 6
Views: 1096

Re: Shell damage Hermann's

Hi Richard and welcome to you and Izzy from me too. Just to add to what Lin has said, if you do go to a vet, make sure it is a vet who is qualified to treat 'exotics'. There are some good vets in Scotland, and you could check out the Scotland section of our recommended vets list here: https://www.th...
by Nina
05 Apr 2021, 13:54
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Humid hide
Replies: 3
Views: 846

Re: Humid hide

Thanks! I've seen better tables, but mine seem to do OK in this. The best thing about it is the second level. They are always running up and down the ramp to see if there is any food for them on the top level (I feed them up there most of the time, because they get extra exercise and it keeps the fo...
by Nina
05 Apr 2021, 13:43
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Weight
Replies: 3
Views: 700

Re: Weight

Hi Amber, What sort of different readings are you getting? I just use an inexpensive set of kitchen scales (not sure what brand it is). One thing that can happen is if you put the tortoise on the scales and he is moving about a bit (especially if his legs are on the scales), then the weights will ch...
by Nina
03 Apr 2021, 10:34
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Light bulbs
Replies: 1
Views: 231

Re: Light bulbs

This shouldn't be happening. A bulb should last for a year or two, and I'm wondering if something in your fitting is causing it to blow. Is the fitting a ceramic one or a plastic one, and what wattage are your bulbs? If I remember from before you had a 100W bulb (lol, you need that in the Outer Hebr...
by Nina
03 Apr 2021, 10:14
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Update on Jemima
Replies: 6
Views: 681

Re: Update on Jemima

Plants/gardens/wildlife -- are an especially nice distraction in a lockdown! :D

Nina
by Nina
02 Apr 2021, 22:19
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Design for new indoor emclosure
Replies: 12
Views: 4692

Re: Design for new indoor enclosure

Ha, ha -- I love your posts. The dimensions for your table sound great (bordering on luxurious), so I think this is one lucky tortoise that you will be adding to your family. Have attached a couple of photos of my table. It's amazing how quickly they learn things. When I first put mine in the table,...
by Nina
02 Apr 2021, 18:58
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Design for new indoor emclosure
Replies: 12
Views: 4692

Re: Design for new indoor emclosure

It's a really good question about table size, and I'm afraid that 'the bigger the better' is actually the answer, although because that's not very specific it's bound to cause uncertainty. The reason why you should make the table as large as you can in whatever space you have is because in the wild ...
by Nina
02 Apr 2021, 09:08
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Update on Jemima
Replies: 6
Views: 681

Re: Update on Jemima

Hi Claire, Yes, you can -- I've seen it in lots of garden centres. It's called Carex 'Frosted Curls'. If you Google Carex Frosted Curls it's available from Crocus, Bakker, and on Ebay as well. It's nice because it doesn't get huge. Other carex grasses are nice too -- some lovely variegated ones that...
by Nina
01 Apr 2021, 12:17
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Birds
Replies: 2
Views: 441

Re: Birds

It is possible for a bird to take a tortoise (and we once heard of a magpie taking a hatchling), but if you are outdoors with Dynamite then that wouldn't happen. If you Google outdoor tortoise enclosures and have a look, you'll get lots of ideas, and we have an article on the principles of outdoor e...
by Nina
01 Apr 2021, 12:14
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Indoor Table Substrate - Recommendations
Replies: 1
Views: 241

Re: Indoor Table Substrate - Recommendations

Hi Allyce, I'm really surprised that Wicke's topsoil is growing plants and fungus -- it's usually good, and I thought it was sterilised (which would have killed any weeds seeds). I'm not sure there is one good brand. You can try Homebase or one of the others -- just makes sure it says that it is ste...
by Nina
31 Mar 2021, 18:02
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Update on Jemima
Replies: 6
Views: 681

Re: Update on Jemima

Hi Jody, Ha, ha -- I love the idea of Jemima walking around with her house on her back -- do send a photo! Yes, no problem with sending you the grass. It will only be a small clump (easier to post and more likely to survive), but it grows really quickly and you should have a big clump in no time -- ...
by Nina
31 Mar 2021, 17:40
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Temporary outside enclosure suggestion?
Replies: 9
Views: 706

Re: Temporary outside enclosure suggestion?

A rabbit run could be OK, as long as you put a board or something up all around it at ground level, so that he can't see out (if they see out then the continually try to get out, and it's frustrating for them). Also, you need to make sure with a rabbit run that he won't dig down, under and out. But ...
by Nina
31 Mar 2021, 17:29
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Help sexing young Hermann
Replies: 11
Views: 1947

Re: Help sexing young Hermann

Ahh, that makes sense. I am just getting ready for two female Horsfields to lay eggs. One has been laying every year, about two weeks after emerging for hibernation, for the last six or seven years, and I think the other one is going to lay for the first time this year. It's much more stressful for ...