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by Nina
05 Mar 2021, 13:28
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

Aww, Marginateds are lovely tortoises -- especially the males with those beautiful flared scutes in back (have attached a photo to show what I mean). It sounds to me like you have got everything sorted! How super to live in a rural area where there will be meals just waiting to be gathered. The Test...
by Nina
05 Mar 2021, 12:56
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: What to do when they wake up
Replies: 21
Views: 1576

Re: What to do when they wake up

What a sweet photo! Ha, ha yes, they do love strawberries, but they aren't good for them because the digestive systems of tortoises don't cope well with the natural sugars in fruit, and it can upset their gut flora (and tomatoes count as a fruit too). I always think of it like giving a baby lots and...
by Nina
05 Mar 2021, 09:38
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: What to do when they wake up
Replies: 21
Views: 1576

Re: What to do when they wake up

Aww, that is so kind of you to say that. I know what it is like, as I struggled when I got my first tortoise, and there is an awful lot of misinformation out there. One of the reasons we started The Tortoise Table was because of the conflicting information (especially about diet) and we wanted to he...
by Nina
05 Mar 2021, 09:04
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 Jackcaj, and welcome to The Tortoise Table! It is great that you are looking for fresh, natural food for your tortoise, and we'll do our best to help you. What grows wild in any particular month depends on where you live. Are you in the UK, and if so are you in England or further north? Outdoors ...
by Nina
05 Mar 2021, 08:38
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: What to do when they wake up
Replies: 21
Views: 1576

Re: What to do when they wake up

Here is a care sheet for Hermanns, but if you want to be absolutely sure, send us some photos of them (from the top looking down and also from the side so that we can see the heads and shell) and we'll give you an ID. Also, if you are not completely sure of their sex, send us photos of their undersi...
by Nina
04 Mar 2021, 18:59
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: What to do when they wake up
Replies: 21
Views: 1576

Re: What to do when they wake up

Hi, Glad you found the article helpful, and it's great that you've got an insulated and heated area for them outside. Do check before you put them out there, if when we have sub-zero temperatures that the temperature will not drop below the mid-20s in the daytime and no colder than about 12C or 14C ...
by Nina
04 Mar 2021, 13:56
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Sweet pea
Replies: 3
Views: 1100

Re: Sweet pea

And the leaves :D :D :D :mrgreen:

Nina

Keelymc1 wrote:
> Hi Nina thanks for your reply. I will keep the girls away from the flowers.
> :D
by Nina
03 Mar 2021, 22:14
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Sweet pea
Replies: 3
Views: 1100

Re: Sweet pea

Hi -- great to hear from you, and how super that both Bella and Berta have come through hibernation with flying colours. And so sorry you have had to re-register! It's strange that Sweet Pea didn't come up on our database (did you type Sweet Pea into the search box?). Anyway, unfortunately this is n...
by Nina
03 Mar 2021, 16:56
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: What to do when they wake up
Replies: 21
Views: 1576

Re: What to do when they wake up

Hi Kahlidandpal and welcome to The Tortoise Table. If they have been in the fridge since mid-November then it is time to wake them up. Current thinking is that for medium-sized tortoises (what species are yours?) that 12 weeks is about right, but a week or so longer is possible. Do you have an indoo...
by Nina
02 Mar 2021, 08:56
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Horsefield tortoise being tube fed at the vets
Replies: 1
Views: 449

Re: Horsefield tortoise being tube fed at the vets

Hi Gemcas, Welcome to The Tortoise Table and it was really good of you to adopt this Horsfield! They are a lovely species with lots of personality. I am so sorry that you have been having problems with him, but hopefully we can help you to get him eating again. First of all, you were right in not hi...
by Nina
01 Mar 2021, 22:31
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Shell worry!!
Replies: 12
Views: 1860

Re: Shell worry!!

Hi Bex, Yes, I think you're right -- there was a photo at some point and it might have been one of the posts that got deleted. Because she was so young when you got her (I think you said 10 months), if she'd had a bad injury before she came to you, you'd have seen seen some signs of it, so I think t...
by Nina
01 Mar 2021, 14:13
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Shell worry!!
Replies: 12
Views: 1860

Re: Shell worry!!

Hi Bex, Her plastron does look very cracked and deeply worn in places, and it's a mystery because you said she walks tall and holds her shell off the ground, so it's not as if it is being constantly scraped on the ground. Obviously they do scrape it walking over stones and things, but that wouldn't ...
by Nina
28 Feb 2021, 22:47
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Humid hide
Replies: 3
Views: 836

Re: Humid hide

Hi Charlotte, Welcome to The Tortoise Table. Just to check -- when you sa you were told that 'this isn't suitable material for a humid hide', were you talking about the moss (I assume it is sphagnum moss) or the wooden box? I think a wooden box could present problems because if it is very damp over ...
by Nina
25 Feb 2021, 19:11
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Compost.
Replies: 2
Views: 662

Re: Compost.

I think that if he has grown them from seed in the autumn, then they will have used up a lot of any fertiliser that was in the compost by now, and as he hasn't added any more fertiliser I don't tihnk it is much of a problem. Actually fertiliser, while not good, is not super dangerous --- it is much ...
by Nina
24 Feb 2021, 09:32
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Lovely day!!
Replies: 4
Views: 1060

Re: Lovely day!!

Hi Bex, If I remember correctly, you got Tiny in 2016 or 2017, and you were certainly right not to hibernate her that first year, as she was unwell and you had only just got her. But she should be fine to hibernate now (meaning next year as it's a bit late for that now). Did you give her a winding d...
by Nina
23 Feb 2021, 20:14
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Greenhouse as outdoor enclosure
Replies: 6
Views: 920

Re: Greenhouse as outdoor enclosure

Your plans for security of the enclosure sound really good and well thought out -- and I'm looking forward to seeing it! It's absolutely normal to be frightened of hibernating (we all are), but to be honest it is best for the tortoise. There's an interesting thing about Horsfields. In the wild they ...
by Nina
23 Feb 2021, 17:04
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Leopard
Replies: 9
Views: 1362

Re: Leopard

Hi Polly, So sorry you had problems getting onto the site. We had a bit of work done on the website and forum over the weekend, so that might have caused a few problems. Do click the 'remember me' button the next time you sign on and hopefully you won't have to type in your password again. That is g...
by Nina
23 Feb 2021, 12:39
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Greenhouse as outdoor enclosure
Replies: 6
Views: 920

Re: Greenhouse as outdoor enclosure

Hi Tracy, It's a great idea to give Rex an outdoor run that he can access from the greenhouse, and I think it could work well. And I agree that it isn't a good idea to allow access to the whole garden for a Horsfield, because they will inevitably burrow down under a bush or something at some point a...
by Nina
23 Feb 2021, 09:14
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: Teasle or bristly ox tongue?
Replies: 2
Views: 589

Re: Teasle or bristly ox tongue?

Really sorry to be so late in responding! We were having a little work done on the website over the weekend, and it was only this morning that we got notification of posts that had come in between Saturday and today. Hmm, I can't quite decide either, but I'm leaning towards Teasel because they tend ...
by Nina
23 Feb 2021, 08:55
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Greenhouse as outdoor enclosure
Replies: 6
Views: 920

Re: Greenhouse as outdoor enclosure

Hi Tracyann, and welcome to The Tortoise Table! I'm so sorry that we're a bit late in responding to your post, but we were having a bit of work done on the Forum and website over the weekend and we've only just got notification of posts from Sunday and Monday. It's a lovely little Horsfield you've g...
by Nina
21 Feb 2021, 08:37
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Jemimas summer-house
Replies: 4
Views: 631

Re: Jemimas summer-house

No problem, Jody -- just let me know when you want them, as I usually have loads of it that seeds itself in the enclosure and will be happy to send you some.

Nina
by Nina
20 Feb 2021, 22:15
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Lovely day!!
Replies: 4
Views: 1060

Re: Lovely day!!

Oh my goodness -- I can't tell you how much that lifted my spirits! I feel like springtime has arrived -- what lovely photos! My two are still languishing in the fridge, but they'll be out the first week in March and I hope they have weather like Tiny and Speedy had today. Thanks so much for cheerin...
by Nina
20 Feb 2021, 20:21
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Leopard
Replies: 9
Views: 1362

Re: Leopard

Hi Polly, and thanks for getting back to us and for posting that photo. After you have bathed his eyes in the morning and they open, then do they stay open for the rest of the day? I'm so sorry to keep asking questions, but how and where in his enclosure did you measure the temperature? It shouldn't...
by Nina
20 Feb 2021, 10:30
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Are Mosses OK in an Outdoor Enclosure?
Replies: 1
Views: 362

Re: Are Mosses OK in an Outdoor Enclosure?

Hi Mekie, Great to hear from you, and I hope that Michigan isn't under piles of snow and ice like a lot of the rest of the country! Sphagnum moss should be absolutely fine to plant, and it won't harm Steve if he eats some. Here is our entry for it: https://www.thetortoisetable.org.uk/plant-database/...
by Nina
19 Feb 2021, 17:04
Forum: Diet and Nutrition
Topic: Too Late to Hibernate?
Replies: 1
Views: 320

Re: Too Late to Hibernate?

Hi Geman, I suppose you could hibernate him now, but he would first have to go through the winding down procedure first (and for a three-year old that would be just over two weeks without food and gradually decreasing temperatures). I think I would probably wait until next year to hibernate him, as ...