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  1. TheTattooedTortoise

    Picky eater all of a sudden, advice welcome.

    As mentioned, you need to be strong and stubborn... Your tortoise will cave before you do, it's for his own good and will be happier and healthier for it. He won't actually starve himself to death... he will just try and call your bluff
  2. TheTattooedTortoise

    Rescue baby Sulcata

    I was just reading through this thread from the beginning, what a little beauty he was bless him! And kudos to you guys for trying your very best for him... I was not expecting to read such a tragic ending. I'm terribly sorry for your loss... I hope he's basking in tort heaven, surrounded by...
  3. TheTattooedTortoise

    Picky eater all of a sudden, advice welcome.

    Hi, for a start your horsfield isn't supposed to eat fruit... it can upset the gut flora because of the high sugar content. Banana in particular is also high in starch and potassium. He should be getting a mix of Broadleaf weeds and flowers, supplemented with shop bought greens for extra bulk...
  4. TheTattooedTortoise

    New to forums and torts

    Hi and welcome, that looks to be a Russian tortoise - AKA Horsfield tortoise. Check out the Russian tort care sheet on the forum. All the information you need is in there so have a good read and come back with any questions
  5. TheTattooedTortoise

    Is this pee?

    My hermanns was the same... gradually got better the longer he was with me. He still gets soaked 30 mins every morning when he first gets up.
  6. TheTattooedTortoise

    Is this pee?

    Yea that's tort wee, if he's well hydrated then you won't always see urates... just the 'clear liquid'. If you allowed that puddle to dry naturally you will see a white residue left over. That's the trace urates remaining.
  7. TheTattooedTortoise

    Puppy pictures, share your furbabies

    Here's our little lump of fur n fat! Leelo the frenchie
  8. TheTattooedTortoise

    Help please: identify this tortoise

    Yes they are both safe herbs although some torts don't find them palatable... always worth offering incase though, a wide variety is key for sure. Yes I've got several spider plants within my hermanns indoor enclosure. He has the odd nibble but mostly just uses it for hiding. Enjoy your...
  9. TheTattooedTortoise

    Is my female tortoise actually a male?

    So this would be that 'full alien mushroomy glory' that @Tom was talking about not long ago ?? jeeez, that lil fella is packing quite the 'pecker'... like a freakin third leg
  10. TheTattooedTortoise

    I need help with my baby Horsefield Tortoise

    Your welcome! Ok, well just be mindful that not all exotic specialists are tortoise trained but are willing to 'learn at your expense'. Don't hesitate to seek a second opinion if your unsure. If you've got him on a solid diet, and his temps, humidity and enclosure are on point then he will be...
  11. TheTattooedTortoise

    I need help with my baby Horsefield Tortoise

    Right, Firstly although you have a thermostat in use it would appear you don't actually know an exact tempreture your running in various parts of the enclosure (Warm side/Cool side/basking area/night... So you could do with adding at least one thermometer with a probe. Second. I also notice...
  12. TheTattooedTortoise

    Help please: identify this tortoise

    Just seen your above post, so your already onto the tortoise table! ?? nice one
  13. TheTattooedTortoise

    Help please: identify this tortoise

    Yes 'holy fences' are not good, if there is an escape available they will take it for sure! Sounds like your on the right track anyway, fair play to you for making the effort. Try and get him onto some good wholesome weeds- Ribwort & Broadleaf plantain, sow thistle, nipplewort, clover...
  14. TheTattooedTortoise

    I need help with my baby Horsefield Tortoise

    How long have you had him? What enclosure & substrate are you using? Light setup? Temps? (Basking, warm end, cool end, night) More info & photos will help people to help you
  15. TheTattooedTortoise

    Help please: identify this tortoise

    A pen on the grass will be fine for the time being, 2.4 x 1.2 is on the smaller side for an adult but as a temp basis it's certainly better and a lot safer than being in the wild for him. As Wellington says, depending what you decide to do.. you can come back for further info etc at the time...
  16. TheTattooedTortoise

    Help please: identify this tortoise

    That's great, and you definitely came to the right place for any other advice needed! Kudos to you guys for taking him/her in, even if it is temporary. I'm sure through you he will end up with a much happier and safer life!
  17. TheTattooedTortoise

    Help please: identify this tortoise

    Did you leave him there or have you taken him in? He either escaped or was 'set free' by a careless owner. Ideally he could do with rescuing/adopting by an experienced keeper/reptile rescue and housing correctly and safely.
  18. TheTattooedTortoise

    Giant tortoise thought extinct for a century discovered on Galapagos island

    I was reading this article online the other day... how fantastic is that!
  19. TheTattooedTortoise

    Help please: identify this tortoise

    That is an Eastern Hermanns tortoise. I have no idea how old it could be. Where in the UK are you... I'm amazed he's survived so far.
  20. TheTattooedTortoise

    My baby Hermanns first 'outdoor time' enclosure.

    Thanks for the replies everyone. Yes @Tom I've grown most of the plants myself from seed and also use a local nursery with a huge organics section. I'm aware of the issue with chems and ferts from 'store bought' plants/flowers. I've seen it mentioned in many other threads and understand the...
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