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  1. Sterant

    Any Radiata KEEPERS Interested in Adding Their Name to our State List???

    I haven't heard of any approvals this year - some renewals for very experienced breeders with a diverse genetic colony and some affiliation with an AZA institution.
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    UVB life

    How are you measuring that? I don't really touch my bulbs all too often ;-)
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    My angulate

    Though if I could make a suggestion - I would get rid of all of the Christmas decorations, the red bowl and the purple cloth stuff. I guarantee your tortoise tries to eat some of that and eventually he might ingest some of it. Tortoises also love red food items so.....
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    My angulate

    I can get actual lengths and weights when I get home later but my CB baby is 8 months old and is bigger than that. I'm not suggesting either one of us has an issue - just the facts!
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    UVB life

    I generally have to replace those bulbs after 2.5 to 3 years. As they slowly weaken over time, I lower the fixture until I can;t safely lower it anymore - then I replace them.
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    Should I try to force feed

    I meant - what brand of antibiotic are you using?
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    Herpstat Probes

    I also run herpstats - I clamp the probe to the side of the enclosure, with a small metal cable clamp, away from heat and light sources, about 2" above the substrate.
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    Should I try to force feed

    What is the antibiotic you are administering and is it injectable or oral?
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    Using antibiotics for other tortoise?

    Though there are certainly instances where it was administered safely and effectively, I have personally seen a range of reactions to injectable baytril from bad to horrible. I have not heard of allergic reactions in sulcata but I stay away from the stuff in general. If you need to treat -...
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    Narrowly avoided thermostat disaster

    I would always suggest remote sensors/probes be fixed to the side of the enclosure with a cable clamp or similar. A probe being pushed into water or under a basking lamp will cause similar issues.
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    Hibernating C. angulata in Captivity

    In addition to what @Tom just said, the best advice / suggestion I can give you about Chersina is to stay away from wild caught specimens. Take the time to find CB animals (and not CB in South Africa - those are not CB no matter what the sales guy tells you). Find a breeder in Europe and get...
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    Hibernating C. angulata in Captivity

    I have an adult male out at a friends place (he can announce himself here if he wishes) and we hibernated him last year, and are doing it again this year. Now this is done outdoors, in a Mediterranean climate, so its somewhat close to what might be experienced in some parts of the natural...
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    Changed UV light to Reptisun T8 10.0, 13” distance ok?

    Also keep in mind that the reflector in your fixture matters. A high quality polished aluminum reflector can nearly double the downward UVB as compared to no reflector or a junk one. I run T5 HO bulbs (reptisun 10.0). I try for a reading of 5 - 7 for adults and can get it with the fixture...
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    Successful Hatching of C. angulata - Sterantino / CAWG

    Thank you @TammyJ and @waswondering !
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    Successful Hatching of C. angulata - Sterantino / CAWG

    You can just put the male in with her for a couple hours - once a week. That's generally what I do. I kept my hatchling inside his summer but I will definitely put him out next year.
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    Looking for radiated tortoise

    Thanks @Tom . I have a note out to @Paulcain
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    Successful Hatching of C. angulata - Sterantino / CAWG

    Summer was great. I had them outside 24 x 7 - they are still out. They were exposed to the sometimes wet, and often humid conditions of uptate NY, and they did great. I have a couple eggs incubating now - one of which was laid last week. I hope to have better fertility this season!
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    Best Thermometer and Hygrometer?

    Sorry - just now seeing your question. You can use multiple in one enclosure for sure, but I think that enclosure might be too small to get a significant variation in temps from one end to the other. I prefer sampling temperatures under the basking lamp with an infrared thermometer. Dan
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    Building your own Expanded PVC Enclosed Chamber – For Beginners

    Looks great. Glad you found this post valuable. I have never used annealed glass and I have no experience with it. Mine all have tempered glass just in case something breaks it, I don’t have shards of glass around.