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by Nina
19 Oct 2021, 15:03
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Painful digestion?
Replies: 3
Views: 95

Re: Painful digestion?

Hi TP, It could well be the cooler weather that has dimmed Gonzales's appetite, so you could try increasing the level of light in his table (and ensure that the temperatures are good too (about 30C directly under the light and at the height of his shell) and 20C at the cool end). I have no idea what...
by Nina
18 Oct 2021, 19:30
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Cissus Sicyoides/Verticillata
Replies: 5
Views: 290

Re: Cissus Sicyoides/Verticillata

Thanks for such lovely compliments, Jeloz, and we're always happy to help, I hope your Redfoot enjoys his treats (and appreciates how hard you are working to provide a good life for him!).

Nina


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by Nina
17 Oct 2021, 12:21
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Subtrate
Replies: 9
Views: 333

Re: Subtrate

Hi Ladybird, Just to point out that the proportions of sand to soil that CritterMama gave you are fine for the Hermann's that she has, but because you have an Egyptian (Kleinmanni) tortoise, you should probably use a higher proportion of sand. Here is a link to a good booklet about Egyptian tortoise...
by Nina
15 Oct 2021, 11:39
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Cissus Sicyoides/Verticillata
Replies: 5
Views: 290

Re: Cissus Sicyoides/Verticillata

Well, I've had a good look, and I think it is probably OK to feed. Both Cissus sicyoides and cissus verticillata are called plant insulin and used to treat diabetes in South America, but the studies I've read indicated that although it does reduce blood glucose levels in mammals, there doesn't seem ...
by Nina
14 Oct 2021, 18:35
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Rescued Horsfield - weight and brumation
Replies: 23
Views: 6245

Re: Rescued Horsfield - weight and brumation

Hi Marsha -- great to hear from you! I hope Khan has had a good year in that super table you built him, and that he got some time outdoors in the sunshine too. It's difficult to say if he is of a sufficient weight to brumate. The McIntyre ratio was developed on the basis of information gathered from...
by Nina
14 Oct 2021, 11:50
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Cissus Sicyoides/Verticillata
Replies: 5
Views: 290

Re: Cissus Sicyoides/Verticillata

Hi Jeloz, I'm afraid this one is going to need a bit more research, and it might be tomorrow or the next day before I can get back to you. I've read that there are reports of Cissus verticillata causing goitres in cattle, and that it is called 'plant insulin' and used by natives as a treatment for d...
by Nina
02 Oct 2021, 21:04
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: ID wild plants
Replies: 8
Views: 553

Re: ID wild plants

Thanks for letting me know -- at least you got a notification (Lin and I aren't getting any notifications of posts). We'll be reporting this and hopefully we'll be back to normal soon.

Cheers,
Nina
by Nina
02 Oct 2021, 19:16
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: ID wild plants
Replies: 8
Views: 553

Re: ID wild plants

Hi TP, Lin and I have conferred and we have ID'd most of the plants. Before I list them, can I just check? Did you get an email and also a message through the forum from me today? I ticked a box when I sent you the email via the forum, to send a copy to myself, but I never got it, so something is re...
by Nina
02 Oct 2021, 14:31
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Humid hide
Replies: 5
Views: 1979

Re: Humid hide

Looks fine to me! Although if moss is growing naturally in a lot of places in your table, then the substrate might be a little bit too damp. So sorry for this late response -- have only just seen your post.

Nina
by Nina
02 Oct 2021, 14:28
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: ID wild plants
Replies: 8
Views: 553

Re: ID wild plants

Hi TP, and thanks so much for the photos and for outlining the plants in them. I've only just seen this post because we discovered that our automatic notification system doesn't seem to be working. I can ID some of them but not all yet, and I wan't to have a word with Lin so I'll get back and post s...
by Nina
02 Oct 2021, 14:15
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Rescued a tortoise, please help
Replies: 4
Views: 379

Re: Rescued a tortoise, please help

Hi Christina and welcome to The Tortoise Table! First of all, many apologies for this late response -- we are supposed to be notified of any new postings on the forum, but nothing has come in for two days and I just realised the system isn't working and so am now checking every thread here for new p...
by Nina
02 Oct 2021, 13:53
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Claws
Replies: 2
Views: 201

Re: Claws

Hi TP (for some reason our notification system isn't working today and we aren't being notified of new posts, so I'm just scanning the forum to pick them up). Claws don't often need to be trimmed, but sometimes they do. Tortoises do need claws for digging and tearing food, but if they don't have a m...
by Nina
02 Oct 2021, 13:46
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Help
Replies: 1
Views: 181

Re: Help

Hi, and sorry to be so late in responding to you (for some reason our notification system is on the blink and we aren't getting notified of new messages). Tortoises do often flip over, and the only danger is if they do this under a heat lamp, and can't right themselves. Usually they are able to righ...
by Nina
02 Oct 2021, 13:40
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Exo Terra infrared thermometer
Replies: 2
Views: 223

Re: Exo Terra infrared thermometer

Hi Quasi,

Yes, it should be absolutely fine to point the temp gun at the tortoise's shell -- no problem at all.

Cheers,
Nina
by Nina
02 Oct 2021, 13:17
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Our Tortoise Table
Replies: 4
Views: 174

Re: Our Tortoise Table

Oh dear -- and just where in the wild do these people think there are fields of orchid bark that tortoises live on, and who puts the lid on their habitat? :roll: Actually, a lid can be really dangerous, because the enclosed nature of a lidded table makes it much more difficult to get a good temperat...
by Nina
01 Oct 2021, 18:18
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Weed I.D
Replies: 2
Views: 117

Re: Weed I.D

Hi Mrs L., and welcome to the Forum! And thanks so much TP for explaining how to upload folders -- it's great to have your step-by-step guide! There is also a set of instructions in the Guidelines section of this forum, and here is a link to that: http://www.thetortoisetable.org.uk/siteassets/forum/...
by Nina
29 Sep 2021, 22:54
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Our Tortoise Table
Replies: 4
Views: 174

Re: Our Tortoise Table

Here are two extra photos of this lovely table that CritterMama has asked me to post in her thread as she was having a technical problem in uploading them. And I'd like to be the first one to say how great her table looks! Lots of areas of interest for Scoot to explore, and walk around, over and thr...
by Nina
26 Sep 2021, 13:03
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: ID help please
Replies: 2
Views: 162

Re: ID help please

Hi Sarah, Unfortunately I'm on a machine where I can't enlarge your photos, but your first two (the plant with the ferny leaves and green/yellow ball-shaped flowers looks like Pineapple Weed to me. Can you check out our entry and see if it matches? https://www.thetortoisetable.org.uk/plant-database/...
by Nina
22 Sep 2021, 21:03
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Help needed please.
Replies: 7
Views: 350

Re: Help needed please.

Doesn't he look happy wandering around in that big area, and I think i can see some nice juicy weeds growing there too. Paradise!

Nina
by Nina
22 Sep 2021, 18:41
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Help needed please.
Replies: 7
Views: 350

Re: Help needed please.

Thanks, Sarah, and I think that Shelby has really lucked out by being welcomed into your home -- you're doing a great job. Re glass -- you can put a glass side in, but I would have the glass start above where his head is when he is walking around (so a solid border around the bottom). The reason for...
by Nina
22 Sep 2021, 11:47
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Help needed please.
Replies: 7
Views: 350

Re: Help needed please.

Whew! Glad I didn't put you off and that you found the post useful :) . It's amazing how much personality tortoises have, and how quickly you become obsessed with them! Yes, he can certainly go out in the garden when it's warm and sunny -- he will love it. The general rule is that if you can wear a ...
by Nina
21 Sep 2021, 19:27
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Help needed please.
Replies: 7
Views: 350

Re: Help needed please.

Hi Sarah and welcome to The Tortoise Table! Congratulations on welcoming this Horsfield into your home (lol and also on spelling Horsfield correctly -- most people starting out spell it Horsefield). I'm really impressed with the research you've done so far, and it sounds to me like you're going to m...
by Nina
13 Sep 2021, 18:23
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Scute looks damaged
Replies: 4
Views: 2429

Re: Scute looks damaged

Hi TP -- great to hear from you again and to hear that Gonzales is doing well You've done a great job with him since you first contacted us, and the environment you've made for him looks excellent (I love the log pile, and he evidently loves it too). I agree with all that Lin has said -- it does see...
by Nina
09 Sep 2021, 10:00
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Portulacaria Afra
Replies: 5
Views: 2616

Re: Portulacaria Afra

For some reason I wasn't notified of the most recent postinsgs on this thread and so have only just seen them. Thanks for the really helpful information, Dan (and for the useful links, Crittermama)!

Nina
by Nina
05 Sep 2021, 15:26
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: HELP!! IS MY TORTOISE OKAY?
Replies: 9
Views: 3537

Re: HELP!! IS MY TORTOISE OKAY?

Hi, and glad you've seen the responses. Regarding the substrate. Ahh, I thought it was just wood chips. Forest Floor won't be terrible, and you could use the bag up, but try and mix it with some topsoil and sand to give a more natural substrate for him. If you buy a bag of ordinary screened topsoil ...