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by Nina
21 Mar 2021, 14:57
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Heat light broke
Replies: 14
Views: 802

Re: Heat light broke

What a handsome Hermann's and gorgeous daughter (who is obviously already in love with her new shelled friend!). I'm not sure which book you've ordered (some are good and some aren't), but it will probably be fine. As an extra source, here's a link to a good care sheet for Hermann's that you can pri...
by Nina
21 Mar 2021, 11:54
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Heat light broke
Replies: 14
Views: 802

Re: Heat light broke

That's great, Amber -- so glad you got it sorted. If you'd like to post a photo of your tortoise, we'd love to see him/her (lol, we never get tired of lookig at photos of tortoises! Also, if it's a new set-up, do post a photo of that, because sometimes there are little tweaks that can improve things...
by Nina
21 Mar 2021, 10:40
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Heat light broke
Replies: 14
Views: 802

Re: Heat light broke

Hi Amber, What a shame -- and I hope you can return that lamp. No, he won't start to hibernate right away, and he might just slow down a bit and sleep a bit more, but it would be good if you could get him as warm, or he won't be able to digest his food properly. Do you have any other kind of bulb yo...
by Nina
20 Mar 2021, 17:35
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Topsoil
Replies: 5
Views: 1252

Re: Topsoil

Hi, If we're talking about topsoil, it is all pre-bagged up by the manufacturer, and as long as you know the brand is good I don't think there should be a problem. The only downside I can think of when ordering over the internet (I assume we are talking about ordering from Homebase, Wicke's or garde...
by Nina
20 Mar 2021, 11:31
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Injured wild tortoise
Replies: 21
Views: 1541

Re: Injured wild tortoise

Hi Vicky, Thanks so much for the update and the photos! It does look like Shelby is healing, but the wound is so big that, like you, I wonder how parts of it are going to heal over and be covered. Tortoises are absolutely amazing and resilient creatures though, so I have my fingers crossed that he w...
by Nina
19 Mar 2021, 12:59
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: What wild plants/weeds can I find at the minute
Replies: 26
Views: 1987

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

Hi -- hope all is going well and that you are able to get an appointment with the vet. My colleagueLin and I have been looking at your latest photo again, and we're a bit confused, because we can't quite relate it to the earlier photos and I think I might have been misinterpreting the photo in my la...
by Nina
18 Mar 2021, 18:17
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: What wild plants/weeds can I find at the minute
Replies: 26
Views: 1987

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

Whew! Now I can see the tip of the tail, so that's a relief. If you see the prolapse/flash again and can get a photo to show the vet, that would be great. Also, it's always a good idea to take a relatively fresh sample of poo with you when you go (you can keep it in a sealed container overnight in t...
by Nina
18 Mar 2021, 16:30
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: What wild plants/weeds can I find at the minute
Replies: 26
Views: 1987

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

Hi and thanks so much for posting all of those photos -- excellent! I've been mulling over them and have a slight concern. It is possible that your tortoise is a male and is just flashing, but it's also possible that he/she has a prolapse (it's hard to tell without a photo of it happening). I'm just...
by Nina
18 Mar 2021, 15:39
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Injured wild tortoise
Replies: 21
Views: 1541

Re: Injured wild tortoise

Hi Vicky,

Was just wondering how the tortoise is doing. I hope he is continuing to eat and will have a full recovery.
Did you try and contact Andy Highfield?

Nina
by Nina
18 Mar 2021, 13:08
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Tortoise enclose
Replies: 10
Views: 761

Re: Tortoise enclose

Hi Toast, Glad that the information was useful, and please don't hesitate to ask lots of questions -- it's the best way to learn. Can't wait to see your conversion, and I meant to say in my previous email that it's a good idea to remove the doors and put a piece of wood or someting up there, so that...
by Nina
18 Mar 2021, 12:36
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Tortoise enclose
Replies: 10
Views: 761

Re: Tortoise enclose

Hi Vanessa -- great to hear from you, and thanks so much for the compliments! Toast the Tortoise -- here's a link to Vanessa's thread if you want to see her table and her gorgeous tortoises! viewtopic.php?t=2256

Nina
by Nina
18 Mar 2021, 09:12
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Tortoise enclose
Replies: 10
Views: 761

Re: Tortoise enclose

Hi Toast the Tort, and welcome to The Tortoise Table! And many congratulations on welcoming a Horsfield into your home -- they are a great species with lots of personality (but then I'm biased because I keep Horsfields!). It is great that you have changed the sand to topsoil (you can mix some sand t...
by Nina
15 Mar 2021, 10:33
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Injured wild tortoise
Replies: 21
Views: 1541

Re: Injured wild tortoise

Hi Vicky, That is brilliant news -- thanks so much for letting us know! Your nursing skills are second to none! My colleague, Helen, and I just had a thought. We think that it would be a good idea if you could contact Andy Highfield. He is the head of the Tortoise Trust and now lives in Spain where ...
by Nina
13 Mar 2021, 10:58
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Injured wild tortoise
Replies: 21
Views: 1541

Re: Injured wild tortoise

Hi Vicky, Thanks so much for contacting us with the details of this tortoise and the photos. What a hero you are! You're obviously a great animal lover and you've gone way above and beyond what a lot of people would have done in this situation, so thanks very much for rescuing and nursing this reall...
by Nina
12 Mar 2021, 14:57
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Tortoise home
Replies: 7
Views: 728

Re: Tortoise home

That sounds really excellent, Vanessa, and it sounds like you've got everything well in hand! You are right to protect them from predators, and we know of one incident where a magpie took a baby tortoise. There are, of course, rats and foxes about, but if the torts will be indoors at night (or in a ...
by Nina
12 Mar 2021, 10:57
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Tortoise home
Replies: 7
Views: 728

Re: Tortoise home

Hi Vanrose, Thanks for sending me your photos -- and here they are. What lovely little torts you have! And a very nice set-up too. It's good that you have different textures for them to walk on, as that provides variety. Also the spider plant looks good too. I had one in my table two days ago, to we...
by Nina
10 Mar 2021, 21:36
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Tortoise home
Replies: 7
Views: 728

Re: Tortoise home

Hi Vanrose, and welcome to The Tortoise Table! And many congratulations on getting your two spur thighs. We'd love to see photos of them and of your set-up. If you can't reduce the photos in size, then just send them to me at nina@thetortoisetable.org.uk and I will reduce them and post them here for...
by Nina
10 Mar 2021, 12:48
Forum: Mediterranean Species
Topic: Horsfield Gender
Replies: 1
Views: 371

Re: Horsfield Gender

Hi Oli, So sorry to be late in gettng back to you! Sergeant Bash is a handsome little Horsfield, and you're right that it is too early to sex him/her. Horsfields tend to look like females until they are about 5 or 6 years old and then the males suddenly grow their tails and become obviously male. Yo...
by Nina
08 Mar 2021, 17:56
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Question About Feeding Opuntia
Replies: 4
Views: 657

Re: Question About Feeding Opuntia

Hi MIchelle -- great to hear from you, and I hope that Hector is thriving! It's a thorny (ha, ha no pun intended) question about whether or not to remove spines. In the wild tortoises (for example desert tortoises) do eat cacti and don't seem to have any problems, so theoretically it should be fine....
by Nina
07 Mar 2021, 10:07
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Shell worry!!
Replies: 12
Views: 1860

Re: Shell worry!!

Hi Bex, So sorry this is late! I was waiting for Lin to have a look at the photos, because it was she who suggested them, but I forgot that her TTT email isn't working, so she doesn't get notices of people posting on the Forum. I've emailed her to tell her the photos are here, and I'm sure she will ...
by Nina
06 Mar 2021, 13:42
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: What to do when they wake up
Replies: 21
Views: 1575

Re: What to do when they wake up

It looks to me like Khalid has a serious prolapse and that is his penis. If it hasn't gone back after a very short time you really need to see a vet. This is because his penis is in serious danger of drying out and becoming necrotic, which could mean amputation. You can try a very strong solution of...
by Nina
06 Mar 2021, 11:50
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: What to do when they wake up
Replies: 21
Views: 1575

Re: What to do when they wake up

Yippee! So glad that they've come through with flying colours. Do give them both a nice long bath in warm water up to their chins (or where the top shell meets the bottom shell), at the temperature you would bathe a baby in, and in something they can't see out of (like an old washing up bowl), for 1...
by Nina
05 Mar 2021, 20:06
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: What wild plants/weeds can I find at the minute
Replies: 26
Views: 1987

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

Yes, that is definitely the sign of a female, so you're probably right. I don't know about Marginateds, but Horsfields tend to look female until they are about 5 or 6 and then their tail grows and the asterisk shape of the cloaca becomes noticeable. It will be interesting to see the photos. Flashina...
by Nina
05 Mar 2021, 17:56
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: What wild plants/weeds can I find at the minute
Replies: 26
Views: 1987

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

We might be able to sex her at 5 years (not sure though as it's usually at about 5 or 6 that you can sex them). If you can post a photo of her underside, clearly showing the tail, we'll have a go. Great that you've bought seeds to grow. I always think a good thing is to grow seeds in succession -- s...
by Nina
05 Mar 2021, 15:44
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: What to do when they wake up
Replies: 21
Views: 1575

Re: What to do when they wake up

I like those names! Much more interesting than my Doris and Dolly (but they were named because they're like two little spinsters, very well mannered and not great risk takers -- although Dolly has pulled some amazing escape adventures). They send greatings to Kahlid and Kame (lol they're still in th...