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Does anyone own a tortoise

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8y, 7m agoPosted 8 years, 7 months ago
hi
we have a juevinile horsefield tortoise coming on thursday. its name is t-rex lol.
we have a table indoor home for it but was wondering if anyone has any tips that will be helpful for us with our new baby. things like feeding, bathing, outdoor, hybernating.

thanking you all in advanced
jennie xx
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8y, 7m agoPosted 8 years, 7 months ago
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#1
How old is it.
#2
Hi Jennie, I can't offer you any info or advice as I haven't owned a tortoise since I was a child (it lived in our back garden & had Tommy painted on its back in Yellow ! ) think they were only a couple of quid to buy then too ! but I can recommend a good reptile forum you might like to join where you could get lots of advice, info etc


here Good luck
#3
do you mind asking how much you paid for it? ive always wanted a tortoise! also being of that age, do you think i could take one to uni with me!?
#5


well there is who to ask.
#6
GIJimmy
do you mind asking how much you paid for it? ive always wanted a tortoise! also being of that age, do you think i could take one to uni with me!?


We was in a pet place in Glades shopping centre in Bromley,and they had some,they were about £95 my partner says,I just asking him now how much cos I couldn't remember.

Theres various breeds so prices probably do vary but you know you looking at least that much plus home,starter kits etc,looking at least £200 likely to get started.

A student,yeh if you going to look after it properly and noone does any student pranks on it. Read on here recently about someone who had a hamster and someone fed it kebab or something as joke and it died.
#7
snowtiger
Hi Jennie, I can't offer you any info or advice as I haven't owned a tortoise since I was a child (it lived in our back garden & had Tommy painted on its back in Yellow ! ) think they were only a couple of quid to buy then too ! but I can recommend a good reptile forum you might like to join where you could get lots of advice, info etc


here Good luck


thank you hun
#8
GIJimmy
do you mind asking how much you paid for it? ive always wanted a tortoise! also being of that age, do you think i could take one to uni with me!?


i paid 180 including the bedding table and supplemenths, they are great pets but not bright maynot keep up at uni
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wow thats lucky thank you
#10
Jennie is a mummy congrats xx
#11
yeah... the more i think about it, the more i think i should probably wait till im out of uni!
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Hi ,
I have a Hermanns tortoise.
I will send you some links which you might find useful:
[url]www.shelledwarriors.co.uk[/url]
[url]www.tlady.clara.net[/url]
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Tortsmad/

If he is a baby he will need supplements to enhance a healthy growth, give him a cuttle fish to munch on and lightly dust his food reguarly with Limestone and Nutrobal alternately.
They thrive on a diet rich with flowers and weeds, if you go on these sites/ forum you will find that there should be a list of things not to feed your tortoise as they can make you tortoise ill or poison them.
Lettuce form the super market can be given as a treat but most will recommend diets without supermarket greens.
I feed mine on dandelion flower/leaves, plaintain leaves, clover leaves and pansies.
I have not hibernated mine yet as he is still only a baby and I want him to be as strong and healthy as possible before i do it. Some sites recommend hibernation from being juveniles, while others recommend doing it from 2/3 years.
Hope this helps a bit. :)
#13
Turtles make for a nice meal.

brb playing gta
#14
he is a baby hun. i ordere cuttle fish. something flour and some calcium supplement that is part of the starter pack. infact wthe two things you said i have coming. i have dandilion and clover plus pansies.
he is about 4 months old so i think we will miss hybernation atleast this year as he is only going to be little.
your ace. ill rep you when they gove me some back, apparently i have used it all.
jennie
#15
black gerbil1
Turtles make for a nice meal.

brb playing gta


git and eerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr git lol
#16
jennie-jack
he is a baby hun. i ordere cuttle fish. something flour and some calcium supplement that is part of the starter pack. infact wthe two things you said i have coming. i have dandilion and clover plus pansies.
he is about 4 months old so i think we will miss hybernation atleast this year as he is only going to be little.
your ace. ill rep you when they gove me some back, apparently i have used it all.
jennie


No problems. If you need anymore help, just PM me.
Sound like he's come from a good place.
Mine was from a pet shop and kept in a vivarium and fed on dried pellets .... which I later found out is really bad for them!
Hope the sites help too!;-)

Just checked the t'lady.clara link and it doesn't seem to be doin much any more. I'd recommend the shelled warriors one, it's the one I always use.
#17
ouch so not well looked after then. we saw some in a pet shop in vivariums poor torts.
#18
The ones I saw were in like glass tanks,I guess thats what you mean by vivariums.
#19
yeah sadly, it isnt ideal as it can get too humid and damp whihc isnt good
#20
Sounds like you've been given alot of good advice. I just got an A4 sheet of paper with tips which were all useless, it's a good job I trusted my instincts and started doin research on the net!
Send us some pics of your new friend when you get him! :)
#21
I'd like one but tbh not got the time to look and care for it properly.

My budgie comes and goes as he pleases,just gotta clean out his cage with sandpaper twice a wk,change his water daily,top up his seed. Rabbit I just let out to hop in garden,saves the grass being cut,easy to feed,clean out his hutch every 2 or 3 days,I can't go wrong lol.
#22
Sheriff Waffles
Sounds like you've been given alot of good advice. I just got an A4 sheet of paper with tips which were all useless, it's a good job I trusted my instincts and started doin research on the net!
Send us some pics of your new friend when you get him! :)


i cant wait thursday morning he arrives, i am going to get some pebble and plantpots for his table so that he can bury and climb.
#23
Mum2Connor&Cerys
I'd like one but tbh not got the time to look and care for it properly.

My budgie comes and goes as he pleases,just gotta clean out his cage with sandpaper twice a wk,change his water daily,top up his seed. Rabbit I just let out to hop in garden,saves the grass being cut,easy to feed,clean out his hutch every 2 or 3 days,I can't go wrong lol.


once you have established i wouldnt think they woul dneed that much doing either hun.
#24
jennie-jack
once you have established i wouldnt think they woul dneed that much doing either hun.


Yeh,I'm just really used to looking after a budgie cos I've always had 1 since I was 10.
The rabbit was cos my partner's Mum wanted to buy 1 for kids,and I was ok about it,cos I quite like them and my partner had them as kids so knew what to do with them.
#25
Only thing you got to watch out for is them falling onto their backs when they're young, I lost count of how many times I saved him! He's over 1 years now and rarely tumbles over now. They just get really stressed if their on their backs for too long, I had to be careful cos he fell onto his back under the heat lamp once ... could have been tragic, bit thank fully it wasn't.
They are a nice chilled out pet to have and so placid too, I love mine , he coooool!!! :)
#26
i cant wait
#27
I've always wanted a tortoise but am scared of spending so much money on something that I'll probably end up killing :eek:
#28
you would be fine hun
#29
It's not so much me I'm worried about, it's Bitty lol
#30
Anyways,post up some pics when you get,I like to see the pets.
#31
i will post a pic when he is here
#32
We have ten hermanns mst of them I have rescued.......many people become owners on a whim.....and don't bother looking into what they really need, or worst still remember having one as a child, so get another one.......unfortunatly they usually treat it the same and they end up dying again....WHY ???
Because they feed it the wrong things like salad and not weeds or plant matter....or they stick it in a vivarium....come on how many tortoises have you seen wondering around in the wild living in vivs and living on tomatoes and iceberg lettuce!!
Any way if you would like to learn more please join my group its TORTOISE-HEALTH and you will find us in yahoo groups.
look forward to helpinh many new owners...or old ones!! lol
Dawn
#33
well my tortoise lives in a tortoise table part time and when warm outside i his enclosure,
he is fed on pansis, dandelions, clover and cuttle fish, with nutrobel.

i have a friend though who has a 28 yr tort who has always been in a viv and he is in wonderful health, so it hasnt done him the harm.
#34
I beg to differ there!!!!
Just because you can not see a bumpy shell...does not mean no harm has been done........once it gets to the shell , huge amounts of untold damage has already happened internally.
So the tortoise is around 28 years of age ...lets see if it makes a 100...and if it does then you can say it never did it any harm physically!!
mean while MENTALLY......how do you think you would fair living in a box for all your born days???
pretty depressing life, im sure you would agree.....please respeak with your friend....this tortoise as far as you can see may not be physiaclly suffereing...but if it had a choice it wouldnt be in a viv...that much I am sure of!!!
Dawn
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#35
im sorry i dont need a lecture on this. i have had my say to her, but as far as i am aware you have no legal back up to make someone change her mind, to her and sadly the rspca it is a well loved and looked after animal. it is fed and bathed and given nutrients, it just has a different inside home to ours it gets plenty of outdoor time and all the other things it should. bloody hell everyone looks after all there pets different they shouldnt be shot for it, maybe they should concentrate on those who leave them outside in all weathers and feed them fruit all year round.

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