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    Free Information on how to care for Tortoise properly in exchange for knowing it will be cared for better!!

    I own and rescue Hermann's tortoise ...have been doing this for years and I just had a good idea that maybe some members on here would maybe like some free advice on how to care for their tortoise corrctly for FREE....in which case here I am happy to help...just let me knwo what your concern is or how I can help and I will do my very best to ehlp you or guide you in the right direct for absoloutly nothing in return but peace of mind that it will be helping another tortoise live a happier healthier long life!!

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    Mod & Ed

    What a lovely gesture op! x

    Original Poster

    I aim to please.......just wish I had proof read it now as It is full of spelling errors and now it won't let me change it Grrrrr! oO

    We are looking at rescuing if you are looking for adoptive parents :-)

    Moved to misc.

    Banned

    Hello

    What colour should be tortoise be?

    Thanks

    How slow will it start moving if it's ill?

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    Lulu'sMammy

    We are looking at rescuing if you are looking for adoptive parents :-)



    Lulu'sMammy

    We are looking at rescuing if you are looking for adoptive parents :-)


    I am sorry but part of the contract that I have with many of the owners that agree to hand over their tortoise is that they stay with me ....this is because many of them as they get older will need considerable care due to their terrible care earlier on in life......many of them require tube feeding.......special diets,over wintering ............xrays to check how bad their MBD is ........so on and so on. so I am afraid they all must stay with me. I do breed Hermann's too though so maybe if you can tell me about your research that you have done on the correct care on Hermann's as a species we could discuss your suitability of owning a tortoise that does not require any special needs.

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    vibeone

    HelloWhat colour should be tortoise be?Thanks



    That all depends on what species it is..............what species are you referring too please?

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    mr.potato_head

    How slow will it start moving if it's ill?



    well its all relative to its husbandry ...............so it would be extremely hard to answer such a vague question. Maybe if you told me more about your tortoise like its husbandry, diet, supplements, species of tortoise and uv lighting that may help?

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    Floravada

    That all depends on what species it is..............what species are you … That all depends on what species it is..............what species are you referring too please?



    Brown ones.

    Thanks.

    vibeone

    HelloWhat colour should be tortoise be?Thanks



    mr.potato_head

    How slow will it start moving if it's ill?



    Quick you two google.

    so someone comes on offering good free advice and all people can do is take the mick. You lot need to grow up!

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    nono2522

    so someone comes on offering good free advice and all people can do is … so someone comes on offering good free advice and all people can do is take the mick. You lot need to grow up!


    Yes thankyou....this is exactly what I was just thinking?

    Even if I have to trawl through pages of kids mucking about, and help just one person with one tort it will be worth it in my opinion.....hope everyone else finding this a joke is proud of them selves

    supermod

    I've tidied up Floravada's help thread as it was getting more joke posts than genuine queries, so no more TMNT jokes etc, thanks all

    * removed another post re sancho1983's request thanks
    Edited by: "sigma" 6th May 2011

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    My tortoise's droppings / urine is white! What does this mean and what should I do? What do normal droppings look like and how often is "normal"?

    Banned

    oh also...

    Our turtle seems to be eating rocks on the bottom of her tank! What do we do about this?

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    vibeone

    My tortoise's droppings / urine is white! What does this mean and what … My tortoise's droppings / urine is white! What does this mean and what should I do? What do normal droppings look like and how often is "normal"?



    The white stuff that you are referring too are urates..........and as for how frequent is normal ?? it can be as little as once a week to every day depending on how much calcium the tort is abssorbing into its blood streem and how much is just being wasted and being washed away. It is complelty normal for torts to disperse urates. and as long as they are runny and sludgy there is nothing to be concerned about.......if it ever gets gritty or lumpy this is a serious sign that the tort is not getting enough water in its diet.......and baths and water sprayed over food should be added to help with rehydration......if this is left for too long without action it can cause calcium stones to grow in the kidneys and if this happens with very young tortoise it can be fatal as they can not pass them as easily as fully grown tortoise.

    I am not interested in bred for selling ones, we want to rescue. Plenty of breeders around, and after living with one until I was in my late 20's working in the animal field, etc then I thought I may be more than suitable for a little help in aiding recovery, to a vulnerable one. Never mind though, carry on the good work.

    Lulu'sMammy

    We are looking at rescuing if you are looking for adoptive parents :-)

    Lulu'sMammy

    We are looking at rescuing if you are looking for adoptive parents :-)


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    vibeone

    oh also...Our turtle seems to be eating rocks on the bottom of her tank! … oh also...Our turtle seems to be eating rocks on the bottom of her tank! What do we do about this?


    I am sorry but I can only help with Tortoise and not Turtles...........since you are saying TANK this also insinuates it is living in water so I am guessing it is a water turtle of some discription.

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    How far away and what wattage should my basking light be?

    I'm unsure why your typing to people taking the Mick....lol.

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    vibeone

    How far away and what wattage should my basking light be?



    Is your basking light only providing heat and not UV?? . I usually say that the basking lamp should be combined to provide both uv aand heat frpom one point as the lamps that provide just uv are usually very poor and provide very little useful uv light. Which lamp are you using for uv output?
    depending on the temp that is needed for the basking area you would need to move the lamp up and down on a suitable device until you got the required temperature for your paticular species of tortoise.


    Edited by: "Floravada" 6th May 2011

    When I turn it on its back should I be smearing it with vegetable or sunflower oil?

    Thanks

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    jonny619447

    When I turn it on its back should I be smearing it with vegetable or … When I turn it on its back should I be smearing it with vegetable or sunflower oil?Thanks


    You shouldnt put any oil on its back as its shell is pourus and any thing that you put on to its back will block these breathing cells and in turn make one very poorly tortoise. If you have already used anything on your tortoise please try and remove any of this with washing up liquid and warm water and then please refrain from this practise in the future.
    No one in the wild comes along and oils them in the wild and they live happy long lives.............its only people that think that shiny shells look healthier then dull shells...but in deed the oposit is quite true.


    Edited by: "Floravada" 6th May 2011

    do you sell them aswell?

    Lulu'sMammy

    I'm unsure why your typing to people taking the Mick....lol.



    me too, being a tortoise lover/keeper of a leopard tortoise i would not bother on here.
    Anyone interested in the care of a tortoise try,
    shelledwarriors.co.uk website or the tortoiseforum.org website.

    Floravada

    You shouldnt put any oil on its back as its shell is pourus and any thing … You shouldnt put any oil on its back as its shell is pourus and any thing that you put on to its back will block these breathing cells and in turn make one very poorly tortoise. If you have already used anything on your tortoise please try and remove any of this with washing up liquid and warm water and then please refrain from this practise in the future.No one in the wild comes along and oils them in the wild and they live happy long lives.............its only people that think that shiny shells look healthier then dull shells...but in deed the oposit is quite true.




    Oh no its ok then, because I'm talking about putting oil on its belly.

    Edited by: "jonny619447" 6th May 2011

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    longbowassassin

    me too, being a tortoise lover/keeper of a leopard tortoise i would not … me too, being a tortoise lover/keeper of a leopard tortoise i would not bother on here.Anyone interested in the care of a tortoise try,shelledwarriors.co.uk website or the tortoiseforum.org website.



    I would not suggest shelled warriors as a safe place to go as the the lady that set up that site and runs a shop off its back also sells a substrate called hemp for use with tortoise as bedding which the Tortoise trust has said is now classed as un safe and has caused death and impaction to many tortoise over the many years. In deed the woman Sarah that runs the shelled warriors group and also runs the shop has also lost a tortoise her self to this product that ripped a male tortoise internally which was in her care to pieces internally. But I guess the profit margin comes before the correct care of tortoise to her.

    Edited by: "Floravada" 6th May 2011

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    Exactly what is and how often should I soak my tortoise?

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    vibeone

    Exactly what is and how often should I soak my tortoise?



    What species of tortoise is it?? what age is your tortoise?

    Different tortoise require different care.......without more detail from your self it is very hard for me to help you.

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    Floravada

    What species of tortoise is it?? what age is your tortoise?Different … What species of tortoise is it?? what age is your tortoise?Different tortoise require different care.......without more detail from your self it is very hard for me to help you.



    My tortoise is 17 and called Brian.

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    When I bought my tortoise I was told not to hibernate him until he was at least 5 yrs old, is this right?

    mod

    Guys, this is incredibly disrespectful to Floravada who has started a thread to offer advice / help and the usual suspects are / have been in here doing their best to spoil it. Can you not go and play in another thread that is designed for chat and banter, or maybe go out and play in the park on the swings and slides, as that's what my 4 year old is doing right now as it's a sunny day and you'll only regret it when it starts raining and you have to sit in and watch CBeebies till it's bedtime.

    I've tidied this up now and please don't continue any more threadspoiling

    Banned

    Why has my question been removed? It was valid and I'm desperate for an answer. I suspect its been deleted by mistake, but I accept your apology.

    Basically OP, I've heard I shouldn't let my tortoise hibernate for the first 5 years, is this true?

    Floravada

    I would not suggest shelled warriors as a safe place to go as the the … I would not suggest shelled warriors as a safe place to go as the the lady that set up that site and runs a shop off its back also sells a substrate called hemp for use with tortoise as bedding which the Tortoise trust has said is now classed as un safe and has caused death and impaction to many tortoise over the many years. In deed the woman Sarah that runs the shelled warriors group and also runs the shop has also lost a tortoise her self to this product that ripped a male tortoise internally which was in her care to pieces internally. But I guess the profit margin comes before the correct care of tortoise to her.Hemp that old chestnut, prefer pro rep tortoise life substrate myself albeit difficult to keep moist but hemp used my many with no problems just not my preferred substrate, but hey ho just me opinion.


    vibeone

    Why has my question been removed? It was valid and I'm desperate for an … Why has my question been removed? It was valid and I'm desperate for an answer. I suspect its been deleted by mistake, but I accept your apology.Basically OP, I've heard I shouldn't let my tortoise hibernate for the first 5 years, is this true?


    what type of tortoise is it? They dont all hibernate.

    andywedge

    Guys, this is incredibly disrespectful to Floravada who has started a … Guys, this is incredibly disrespectful to Floravada who has started a thread to offer advice / help and the usual suspects are / have been in here doing their best to spoil it. Can you not go and play in another thread that is designed for chat and banter, or maybe go out and play in the park on the swings and slides, as that's what my 4 year old is doing right now as it's a sunny day and you'll only regret it when it starts raining and you have to sit in and watch CBeebies till it's bedtime. I've tidied this up now and please don't continue any more threadspoiling



    Andy, I think you will find we were having a joke. Some people seriously need to lighten up me thinks.

    Maybe this will help you? pen.io/

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    vibeone

    Why has my question been removed? It was valid and I'm desperate for an … Why has my question been removed? It was valid and I'm desperate for an answer. I suspect its been deleted by mistake, but I accept your apology.Basically OP, I've heard I shouldn't let my tortoise hibernate for the first 5 years, is this true?


    What species is it???
    If it is indeed a hybenating species of tortoise then yes It should hibernate from the very first year...infact it is even more important that a juvenile hibernates then a fully grown tortoise, this is because if they are allowed to eat for 12 months instead of say 9 months then that is going to turn into faster growth which in turn will end up with a bumpy shell ...know as Metabolic Bone disease.
    Ask your self this who in the wild gives these tortoise a birthday card on their 5th birthday and says "this year you are old enough to hibernate" At the end of the day Tortoise hibernate due to the change in temperature and the lack of food to graze on .........so it stands to reason that they would hibernate naturally.

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    How much should one shell out for a new tortoise?
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