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  1. Opuntia

    Multiple tortoise households

    All eastern hermanns. We house them separately. Late summer and early spring they spend a lot of time in the spare bedroom. It can get very messy as one of the boys hate being in the house. During that time of year I do find it a lot of work. They are great 👍 I'm so lucky to have them.
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    Multiple tortoise households

    My 1st tortoise was our son's, he left him with us when he went away on holiday 4years later we now have five. 🤔
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    Substrate and lighting

    Can anyone tell me please if spruce bark is ok as a substrate and can I use a Che for basking? I do use Arcadia Jungle Dawn LED bars for daylight. I can only find Arcadia flood bulbs in the UK at £ 3.99 per bulb. Crazy price for a bulb.
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    Which trap should I buy?
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    Thank you all for your help. Today we have had the pest control out for the second time in eight months, he can not see a point of entry. Will take all the advice given to help keep are torts safe. All tortoise are locked away at night, I'm also checking around for any damage to night boxes.
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    We are having problems with rats in our loft space which is on the same floor as my tortoise room. My question is are the rats coming in after the torts. I'm sure I don't need to tell you how worried we are any advice would be appreciated.
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    Help choosing substrate please.

    please can anyone tell me if this mix is safe to use in my tortoise enclosure?
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    Bottom plant looks like image.
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    Pot Marigold?

    Looks like calendula.
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    Rehoming my Hermanns?

    Hampshire tortoises society maybe able to help.
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    Worms? Not Worms?

    Looks like worms to me. Mine had the same this summer the picture I took looked exactly like yours. Mine wasn't eating basking or walking around so vet gave him wormer. I was told pin worm.
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    Solar meter has arrived. ?????????

    5 years is a long time. I definitely had my bulbs at the wrong height poor torts.😢 How much have you save on bulbs? Tom how long have you had your meter I've read post back to 2011 from you today?
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    Solar meter has arrived. ?????????

    Thanks for your help. I have two adults and 3 baby Hermanns all houses separately. The mvb 100w and 80w are from last year I started using t5 last August and find them much better. I use t5 for babies only a couple hrs a day if and when needed. I'm loving t5 bulbs and solar meter 6.5r. t5 at...
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    Solar meter has arrived. ?????????

    How do I know if solar meter is correct???? Today at 11.30 the sun was out but not very strong the reading I got was 5.5. I have tested Acadia mvb 80w at a distance of 13in 33cm and have a reading of 6.5 does this sound right?
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    Is this safe?

    Can I use this plant in my tortoise enclosure?
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    New Eastern Hermann owner

    Hi and welcome. I have five eastern hermanns. Yours are beautiful by the way. I been a member here for just over a year, I follow all the care sheet so far so good. You come to the right place.
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    Solarmeter again.

    Does anyone in UK have 6.5 solar meter? if so could you let me know the company's name or contact details. UK only please.
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    Solarmeter advice please

    Great thanks for all the replies. My husband doesn't understand why I'm crazy about them so I totally agree don't ask don't tell. ;) Does anyone in UK have a meter and where did you buy it?
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    Solarmeter advice please

    Hi. I would like help selecting the correct meter for my Hermanns tortoises. I have attached images of some I have found. Also can you explain the numbers for me some say 5 6.5 8 10? I live in uk so weather isn't the best. so as I understand it as long as the tortoise get 2/3hrs Sun or outside...
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    What's the bluish coloration for?

    So sorry x