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by Nina
31 Mar 2021, 12:58
Forum: Identification of Plants from outside of the UK
Topic: Tropical Weed ID
Replies: 8
Views: 1361

Re: Tropical Weed ID

Good detective work! I'm not sure about the Parietaria, as it doesn't appear to have square stems (although the stems do appear to have grooves in them, which can sometimes make them look square). I think you (and Lin) might be on to something with the Spermacoce, and I've been looking into its nutr...
by Nina
31 Mar 2021, 08:28
Forum: Identification of Plants from outside of the UK
Topic: Tropical Weed ID
Replies: 8
Views: 1361

Re: Tropical Weed ID

Hi Jeloz, Thanks so much for the latest photos. Yes, it is as I thought, in the Lamiaceae family, as it definitely has a square stem, and the flowers are carried below the leaves like many of the species in that family. The problem is that there are over 230 genera and 6,000 species in that family, ...
by Nina
30 Mar 2021, 12:51
Forum: Identification of Plants from outside of the UK
Topic: Tropical Weed ID
Replies: 8
Views: 1361

Re: Tropical Weed ID

Hi Jeloz and welcome to The Tortoise Table!. Many thanks for the photos. It's a little hard for me to tell without a flower because many plants have leaves like this, so could you send a photo of the buds that you are seeing underneath the leaves? It looks to me like this is a plant in the Lamiaceae...
by Nina
29 Mar 2021, 09:18
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Temporary outside enclosure suggestion?
Replies: 9
Views: 675

Re: Temporary outside enclosure suggestion?

If you look on places like Pinterest, there are loads of ideas for outdoor enclosures -- some good and some not so great. Not sure if this link will work for you, but here's a screen with lots of links to other sections showing tortoise enclosures: https://tinyurl.com/35pmd22t and more https://www.p...
by Nina
28 Mar 2021, 22:33
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Temporary outside enclosure suggestion?
Replies: 9
Views: 675

Re: Temporary outside enclosure suggestion?

Hi Nic, What a fabulous new garden you have -- such possibilities! Personally, for a temporary run I would buy the tallest log roll (I think it's 18") and sink it into the ground about 8" and use that. It's cheap and good for temporary enclosures. Unfortunately you need to put the pretty p...
by Nina
28 Mar 2021, 22:22
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Help sexing young Hermann
Replies: 11
Views: 1934

Re: Help sexing young Hermann

Hi CritterMama and welcome to The Tortoise Table, it is really difficult to sex young tortoises. They don't have to be fully grown, but you usually can't sex them accurately until they are 5 or 6 (although there are exceptions). The shape of the cloaca is one of the main ways to determine sex, along...
by Nina
27 Mar 2021, 14:47
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Tortoise enclose
Replies: 10
Views: 757

Re: Tortoise enclose

Well done for doing the foraging -- you will have a very healthy tortoise if he is fed on a natural diet. He's only tiny, so he won't be eating that much. Just keep a record of his weight and that is the best way to tell if his intake of food is sufficient. When you weigh him, try and do it under ro...
by Nina
27 Mar 2021, 14:31
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Tortoise pellets
Replies: 2
Views: 766

Re: Tortoise pellets

Hi Amber, Some of the pellets nowadays are better than the old ones, but mainly they tend to be a bit too high in protein (tortoises need a low protein/high fibre diet), and have things in them that tortoises would not normally eat (like corn and soy). There are some that are better now though, but ...
by Nina
27 Mar 2021, 13:26
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Worming advice
Replies: 2
Views: 431

Re: Worming advice

Hi Jody, Aww, poor Jemima. 120epg isn't actually that high, but probably high enough to treat. Paper is the right surface for her to be on, but you do need to change it frequently, so that if she poos on it she doesn't get reinfected (and you might see some worms in the poo too). Do you know what me...
by Nina
26 Mar 2021, 23:21
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Hatchling Health?
Replies: 5
Views: 641

Re: Hatchling Health?

Hi Spike and Violet and welcome to the Tortoise Table! And many congratulations on your little Hermann's (what's her name by the way?). They are a super little species and I can tell you've already fallen in love with her! You probably already have a care sheet, but if you don't then here's a link t...
by Nina
24 Mar 2021, 18:22
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Started on outdoor enclosure.
Replies: 3
Views: 321

Re: Started on outdoor enclosure.

This looks amazing, Claire -- and so well thought out. Like Lin, I'm really looking forward to seeing the finished product!

Nina
by Nina
23 Mar 2021, 21:05
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Moderation
Replies: 1
Views: 203

Re: Moderation

Good question, Amber. Moderation means that you can feed the plant in very small amounts or larger portions several times a week. Here's a link to the section of our website that tells how to use the Database, and if you scroll down to the section on the 'traffic lights' there is an explanation of w...
by Nina
23 Mar 2021, 13:24
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Outdoor enclosure
Replies: 5
Views: 354

Re: Outdoor enclosure

Hi Jody, I think that metal sheeting should work fine, and it would be much more difficult to climb too. It will of course get warm in the sun, but I doubt if that is going to cause much of a problem. Will part of the enclosure be in the shade for part of the day? If you did use log roll, I've disco...
by Nina
22 Mar 2021, 22:28
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Outdoor enclosure
Replies: 5
Views: 354

Re: Outdoor enclosure

Hi Jody, Super to hear from you, and I'm so glad that you are building the gorgeous Jemima an outdoor enclosure. Oh dear, Ragwort is something to be worried about. Weeds are very clever organisms, and will surprise you with how tenacious they can be, but your plans certainly seem designed to stop it...
by Nina
22 Mar 2021, 21:14
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: What wild plants/weeds can I find at the minute
Replies: 26
Views: 1986

Re: What wild plants/weeds can I find at the minute

Well, Lin and I have had a really good look, and for one reason or another it looks like your tortoise has a deformed tail. It's very possible that she was born with it, or it could have occurred because of the poor conditions she was kept in before you got her, but the tail shouldn't curve upwards ...
by Nina
22 Mar 2021, 20:00
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Heat light broke
Replies: 14
Views: 801

Re: Heat light broke

That's a super name! :D

Nina

Amber10 wrote:
> Hi thanks for the advice we have ordered some F10 seems to be the best one.
> His name is Dynamite :D
by Nina
22 Mar 2021, 17:37
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: What wild plants/weeds can I find at the minute
Replies: 26
Views: 1986

Re: What wild plants/weeds can I find at the minute

Many thanks very much for the latest photos. We did notice one of the spurs on the tail on a previous photo and wondered about it, because Marginated tortoises don't have spurs, and even tortoises that do have spurs have them on the thigh, or the area between the leg and the tail, and not on the tai...
by Nina
22 Mar 2021, 16:23
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: What wild plants/weeds can I find at the minute
Replies: 26
Views: 1986

Re: What wild plants/weeds can I find at the minute

That's OK, no problem at all, and we look forward to seeing photos. When you're writing a message on this thread, there are some tick boxes directly below the box you are writing in, and if you tick the one that says '[Notify me when a reply is posted', then you'll get a message when someone adds a ...
by Nina
22 Mar 2021, 16:16
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Injured wild tortoise
Replies: 21
Views: 1540

Re: Injured wild tortoise

Hi Vicky, That's good that you spoke to Andy. I assume he saw your photos as well -- and I hope you can get hold of the antibiotic powder. I wonder if it would be a good idea to maybe not soak him so much, if it is essential that the wound is kept dry? I expect a smaller water bowl will give him a p...
by Nina
22 Mar 2021, 14:34
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Heat light broke
Replies: 14
Views: 801

Re: Heat light broke

The reason people use pond liner is that it is hard wearing -- you wouldn't believe what tortoises can dig through. I once took one of mine in the car to the vet. I put her in a cardboard box, but when I got to the vet's all I had was a cardboard box with a tortoise sized hole in it and no tortoise....
by Nina
22 Mar 2021, 14:31
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Substrate
Replies: 4
Views: 310

Re: Substrate

That should be fine, and it needs to be children's play sand (but you can buy bags at any garden centre, Homebase, etc.). And it should be sprayed lightly every couple of days so that it doesn't get dusty. Or every three or four days you can pour some water on it and mix it up well, but the end resu...
by Nina
22 Mar 2021, 13:50
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Substrate
Replies: 4
Views: 310

Re: Substrate

Hi Amber, Yes, I think I would probably have topsoil (or topsoil mixed with osme children's playsand, which is what a lot of us use) everywhere in the table. The grass and flowers bedding won't do any harm though, and it shouldn't be keeping him from coming out, so I don't think that is the problem....
by Nina
22 Mar 2021, 13:39
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Heat light broke
Replies: 14
Views: 801

Re: Heat light broke

Hi Amber and family, Yes, I guess i was a different Amber. Your booklet went in the post this morning, so you should get it soon. Regarding the water bowl -- you don't need a fancy one -- just an ordinary plastic plant saucer (the sort of saucers that you put under plant pots) should be fine (that's...
by Nina
21 Mar 2021, 16:21
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Tortoise enclose
Replies: 10
Views: 757

Re: Tortoise enclose

That's great that you're going to convert it, and we're looking forward to seeing the little torty paradise that you will create! :D Lowering the temp in the basking spot was the right thing to do, and I think you could lower it to 30C and it will be even better. The bitty urates you are seeing do i...
by Nina
21 Mar 2021, 15:26
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Heat light broke
Replies: 14
Views: 801

Re: Heat light broke

Absolutely brilliant! You've created a super environment for your tortoise (what's his name by the way)? You've got a good soil-based substrate, and those rocks and other 'furniture' in the table will provide interest and stimulation, as tortoises get quite bored and lethargic if they can see from o...