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by Nina
16 May 2021, 09:15
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Aphids in the Plant Nursery!
Replies: 1
Views: 21

Re: Aphids in the Plant Nursery!

Hi CritterMama, Well, I'm finding it hard to see the insects on your first photo, but on the second one it certainly looks like aphids -- maybe whitefly. It's a really difficult problem because tortoises are especially sensitive to insecticides so you obviously can't spray them. A strong spray with ...
by Nina
15 May 2021, 21:20
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Substrate for horsefield
Replies: 9
Views: 133

Re: Substrate for horsefield

Hi Karen, It sounds as though he has turned a corner and will be just fine, which is great news! 200g is a little big for a two-year old, but he might just be genetically bigger. I have one tortoise that has always been small (just like some people are naturally larger and some smaller), and one tha...
by Nina
15 May 2021, 15:50
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Substrate for horsefield
Replies: 9
Views: 133

Re: Substrate for horsefield

Hi Karen, Many thanks for sending me the photos (and I've sent you an email in return, answering some of your questions). I've reduced the photos and posted them here. He's a really lovely Horsfield and I think he is going to have a very good home with you. It's been so cold and dark recently, and e...
by Nina
14 May 2021, 21:57
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Substrate for horsefield
Replies: 9
Views: 133

Re: Substrate for horsefield

Thanks so much, Karen -- got them now! I'll reduce them in size tomorrow and post them here (it takes me a little while), but in the meant time just to say that he's a real cutie (what's his name by the way?), and you have made him a nice tortoise table. That little round thermometer on the wall won...
by Nina
14 May 2021, 21:06
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Substrate for horsefield
Replies: 9
Views: 133

Re: Substrate for horsefield

Thanks, Karen -- that sounds great. We haven't received your photos though. Can you check the address you mailed them to? It's contact@thetortoisetable.org.uk. Or maybe try sending them to me at nina@thetortoisetable.org.uk. Was the email unusually large because of the number of photos? It shouldn't...
by Nina
14 May 2021, 09:30
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Substrate for horsefield
Replies: 9
Views: 133

Re: Substrate for horsefield

Hi from me too, Karen, Congratulations on getting your Horsfield (the species is named after Dr Thomas Horsfield, a 19th century naturalist and explorer), and double congratulations on having him in a table and not a vivarium -- you've made a really good start! Just to add to the good advice that Li...
by Nina
13 May 2021, 17:34
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Purple Passion (Gynura aurantiaca)
Replies: 3
Views: 121

Re: Purple Passion (Gynura aurantiaca)

I read that the Gynura has an unpleasant smell, but haven't encountered one in person yet. The Asteraceae family is a huge plant family, with 25,000 species in it, and some plants in it are edible and some aren't. If you type Asteraceae into the search box on our website database you'll see a range ...
by Nina
13 May 2021, 15:55
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Temperature
Replies: 1
Views: 78

Re: Temperature

Hi Amber, That's a perfect temperature, as long as you are measuring it almost directly under the light and at the height of the tortoise's shell. If the probe from the thermometer is away from the light (even a couple of inches), it will show a lower temperature that it really is under the light. B...
by Nina
12 May 2021, 20:43
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Basking spot wattage question
Replies: 4
Views: 125

Re: Basking spot wattage question

I think I understand what you're describing, and it sounds very sensible to me. They do like the brightest spot to bask in, but they also need a range of temperatures so they can wander in and out of warmer and cooler spaces to thermoregulate. It would be lovely to see a photo of your set-up -- I th...
by Nina
12 May 2021, 18:51
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Purple Passion (Gynura aurantiaca)
Replies: 3
Views: 121

Re: Purple Passion (Gynura aurantiaca)

Hi CritterMama, Well done for doing your research on this plant! I have no personal experience with Gynura aurantiaca but have had a good look at the scientific literature and I can't find an indication of any toxicity. There are some species of Gynura that have tannins and some with other anti-nutr...
by Nina
12 May 2021, 18:22
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Sulcata care sheet
Replies: 5
Views: 104

Re: Sulcata care sheet

Oh, Bex, I hadn't realised that you have had to rehome Speedy, but it does sound like the right thing to have done, and what a wonderful home she has gone to. I'm sure she will make use of every foot of that 100 foot space! Give Tiny a tickle under the chin from me, and I'm so glad that you'll conti...
by Nina
12 May 2021, 10:26
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Food and weight
Replies: 1
Views: 78

Re: Food and weight

Hi Amber -- great to hear from you! I remember when you got Dynamite and it sounds like he is doing pretty well with you -- just a few eating issues, but he's well hydrated and that is great. I think I remember that you said when you got him (in March?), he weighed 55g, so he should have put on a fe...
by Nina
12 May 2021, 10:07
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Sulcata care sheet
Replies: 5
Views: 104

Re: Sulcata care sheet

No problem, Bex -- here it is:
https://www.tortoise-protection-group.o ... 202018.pdf

Nina
by Nina
10 May 2021, 11:08
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: This weeks unknown plants.
Replies: 8
Views: 1289

Re: This weeks unknown plants.

Yes, I think you could well be right, Heather! As the photos were posted last September, that plant must have flowered (either autumn or mine are actually in flower now), so maybe we could have an updated photo to be sure.

Nina
by Nina
10 May 2021, 09:05
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Aggressive Hermanns
Replies: 7
Views: 1910

Re: Aggressive Hermanns

Thanks, Mark, we'll look forward to seeing the photos, and if one was actually inflicting damage on the other (rather than just harrassing him a bit) then you've done the right thing by separating them.

Nina
by Nina
07 May 2021, 18:05
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Drowned - don't try this at home!
Replies: 1
Views: 139

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: 3919

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: 3919

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: 7
Views: 1910

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: 151

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: 473

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: 459

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: 794

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: 439

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: 794

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...