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  1. JoFisch

    Opal is 1yr old-ish

    We got Opal at the end of July 2021. One week after arrival (s)he was 17 grams; about the size of a small chicken nugget. This week (s)he is 137 grams. Opal was treated to a golden raspberry for her birthday, the first time (s)he has had fruit. Funny how there are threads about how to trick...
  2. JoFisch

    Acelepryn (Chlorantraniliprole)

    My town has an infestation of Japanese Beetle. The WSDA is undertaking eradication efforts. They want to apply Acelepryn G (granule) to turf grass and then apply Acelepryn (liquid) to all foliage. The active ingredient is chlorantraniliprole. I have looked at the DOH information, watched the...
  3. JoFisch

    Seeing own reflection

    We upgraded Opal’s enclosure to 4ft X 4ft about 2 weeks ago. I am concerned that the stress of seeing her reflection in the walls will adversely affect her health. We sealed the wood with a brown liquid pond liner. It is shiny. I see her pacing the wall and can hear her shell bumping against...
  4. JoFisch

    Advice on Temporary Outdoor Enclosure

    I have a young E. Hermanns. Opal was hatched mid June 2021. She(he) currently weighs 90grams. I think I remember that it is recommended they can start going outside when they reach 100g. I live in Central Washington State and our weather can be quite warm Spring to Fall. I have a site...
  5. JoFisch

    Grocery store base diet

    Going into winter I need to figure out the best way to feed my 5 mos old Hermanns tortoise. I live in a rural area and I thought I was going to be ok because my grocery store carried curly endive, radicchio and various other greens. They are only carrying things now that are feed on occasion...
  6. JoFisch

    Sufficient UV?

    I have an Eastern Hermanns hatchling. I posted pictures of my set up on my introduction post Thread 'Introductions' https://www.tortoiseforum.org/threads/introductions.192856/ I supply UVB with a reptisun T8 10.0 tube. It is 48 inches long. Right now the enclosure is 3ft x 2ft so I have the...
  7. JoFisch

    Flood Lamps for basking.

    I was wondering if it mattered that a 65w incandescent BR30 flood lamp is dimmable if I am going to use it as a basking light. I have found that Philips has a 12pk of dimmables for about $25. They also make one called a duramax which isn’t dimmable but says it lasts up to 2.5 years; these cost...
  8. JoFisch

    How is important is Mazuri

    I have an E. Hermanns hatchling. It is about 10-11 weeks old. I originally purchased Mazuri LS knowing that most people say their tortoises don’t like it. I figured if I kept offering it, Opal would eventually accept it as it seems that most people have to work at introducing variation into...
  9. JoFisch

    Introductions

    We just received an Eastern Hermann’s tortoise from Garden State Tortoise. Her/his name is Opal. I have spent lots of time on the forum learning from other keepers and we are excited to watch her/him grow. I know enclosure specs are always asked for so here they are. 2’ X 3’ enclosure with a...
  10. JoFisch

    Looking for advice with unresponsive vendor.

    I am in an uncomfortable situation. I prepaid for a tortoise hatchling from a well known breeder. I have seen nothing but good comments about this breeder on the forum. I paid in February and was told to expect the hatchling sometime in late Spring to early Summer. As I was setting up my...
  11. JoFisch

    Help in choosing a healthy tortoise

    I live in Central Washington State and have been researching the needs of a Hermann tortoise for the past few months. Our family hopes to own our first tortoise ever and I think the Hermann would be a good fit. There is a reptile store about 45 miles from us that has 2 juvenile Hermann...
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