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  1. ShellingtonTheFirst

    Inactive Tortoise

    He’s not basking at all, but he will eat a couple of bites if I offer him food by hand. In fact I just took him out of the bath and he sniffed around his food bowl for the first time in weeks, but then turned right back around and stomped back off to bed. Yes. He has a ‘jungle dawn LED’ light...
  2. ShellingtonTheFirst

    Inactive Tortoise

    Studied them ten times over. He probably could do with a larger enclosure but I doubt he’d go from happy, active and exploring one day to totally dormant the next due to that. I’m really stuck on what’s wrong with him. Again today he’s awake but just sitting under his hide. :(
  3. ShellingtonTheFirst

    Inactive Tortoise

    Please anyone? He’s still like it. Hasn’t touched a bite to eat in over 48 hours.
  4. ShellingtonTheFirst

    Inactive Tortoise

    Shelly recently has become so inactive that it’s really starting to worry me. He’s a 4 year old Greek and I’ve had him for about 6/7 months. Usually he’s super active, awake with his lights at 5am, eats like a pig, bulldozes around his enclosure but for the past week all he’s been doing is...
  5. ShellingtonTheFirst

    Shelly’s First Time Outside Ever!

    I would never! I actually put the dog inside a few minutes after that photo because she just absolutely would not leave him alone. She’s obsessed lol
  6. ShellingtonTheFirst

    Shelly’s First Time Outside Ever!

    Now the weather is finally warming up in England, I decided today was the day Shelly had his first trip into the garden! Excuse my dogs lack of spacial awareness.
  7. ShellingtonTheFirst

    Puffy skin

    We‘ve all given you ALL of the advice you need and you’ve thrown it back in our fine. Usually, responsible people accept their responsibility for another life and would be willing to accept that actually, they got it wrong. I’m pretty sure all of us here, including myself, at one time did. The...
  8. ShellingtonTheFirst

    Puffy skin

    And by the way. You should never use a red heat lamp for them, nor feed them any fruit or pepper. The kale and cucumber you are feeding your tortoise should be in moderation, not a staple, but I give up here. You have the care sheets with all the information you need if you can be bothered to...
  9. ShellingtonTheFirst

    Puffy skin

    Likewise. How horrible it is to see someone so unwilling to accept help for a helpless animal in need. They don’t deserve to keep pets.
  10. ShellingtonTheFirst

    Puffy skin

    What is fine? lol What type of basking bulb do you use? UVB? Diet? With all due respect it doesn’t look like she even has much room to turn around in there, let alone walk around (maybe a few steps back and forward?) It’s a crap pill to swallow when our husbandry has been off, but our...
  11. ShellingtonTheFirst

    Puffy skin

    Yeah. That’s far too small for him. Even my 6x4ft isn’t ideal, but I’ll be adding a second level to it soon. It needs room to walk around and explore in, to aid digestion and exercise. What are your temps?
  12. ShellingtonTheFirst

    Puffy skin

    It desperately needs a bigger enclosure, too, and from what I’ve read I don’t think(?) top soil is the best substrate to use because you never know what chemicals have been added to it! Coco coir would be better, or fine grade orchid bark. Is his tank 4x1? When I first got my Shelly he was in...
  13. ShellingtonTheFirst

    Puffy skin

    Please please please read over the care sheets on this forum and listen to the experts here, for the tortoises sake.
  14. ShellingtonTheFirst

    Where/how am I supposed to place the probes for my thermostat?

    I dangle mine down at tortoise level and it works perfectly!
  15. ShellingtonTheFirst

    Puffy skin

    What size enclosure is that? It looks like a box!
  16. ShellingtonTheFirst

    Pine Bark

    Thank you so much everyone! Panic over!
  17. ShellingtonTheFirst

    Pine Bark

    Photo for reference. Ignore the cup under his basking bulb. He was asleep and I wanted to measure his shell temp beneath it.
  18. ShellingtonTheFirst

    Pine Bark

    Bought a 70L bag of orchid bark to do a complete substrate change, which I did yesterday. Upon dumping it all out I noticed it had a very pleasant smell… suspiciously pine-y. Though on amazon this is marketed as orchid bark suitable for reptiles, with no mention of pine anywhere. I’ve contacted...
  19. ShellingtonTheFirst

    No Water

    I’ve been changing Shelly’s enclosure around today and have removed a big slab of concrete that I used to feed him on because it is just so bloody difficult to keep clean, having to lift a heavy piece of concrete as a 5’4 woman is no easy task lol. So! I’m instead now using his water bowl (terra...
  20. ShellingtonTheFirst

    Sick baby tortoise

    Keep on trying everything you’re doing now. Don’t give up!
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