1. Welcome! Are you interested in tortoises? If so, we invite you to join our community! Our community is the #1 place for tortoise keepers to talk online. Once you join you'll be able to post messages, upload pictures of your tortoise and enclosure, and discuss any tortoise topic with other tortoise keepers. Get started today!

Hello from Germany (sulcata owner with many questions :))

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Lori81, Oct 5, 2017.

  1. Lori81

    Lori81 New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2017
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    10
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Location:
    Germany
    Dear tortoise lovers,

    my name is Leonie, I am a 36 year old mommy and live in sweet rainy Germany together with an arc of pets.
    I have four hermanni tortoises (eastern sub species, boettgeri) and, since 6 weeks, a baby sulcata.
    First I have to excuse my English... I understand quite a lot but I think I do a lot of grammar mistakes; I've only had one year English at school and that was loooong ago - sorry!

    It took a while until I was able to live my dream of a sulcata tortoise: Now, finally, I live in a big house with a nice garden and two empty garages that could be a good winter house for my sulcata.

    My first experience was, I am afraid, not a good one: I bought my little Sulcata from a trader in my region. Two days later was clear: The baby which we called "Mikesh McMau" was sick, really sick.
    I took him to the vet, a specialist for reptiles with the focus on tortoises. The little sulcata was affected by (with?) parasites, had an infection that was treated with antibiotics, and, the bottom side of his carapax was too soft.
    Before the purchase I informed myself about what these little tortoises need and I think I did not make many mistakes that could have caused the problems Mikesh had. The vet also said Mikesh must have been sick at the time I got him.

    Now, six weeks later, the little guy feels much better: He does no longer hide from sunlight, he walks around and eats. His most favourite food are maulberry leaves - I wonder how much such a little creature can eat.
    Unfortunately the sorrow doesn't end: Mikesh does not increase in weight and size.
    Here in Germany we have a specialist for sulcatas who is very experienced with handling those little guys. He wrote an article about known issues of growth problems with sulcatas. There are said to be 5 year old sulcatas with a weight of only 300 grams. Mostly those animals doesn't survive the first years of their lifes and I fear, my baby could have this problem :-( I can't tell you how many tears we have cried. All we can do is to care about the little one and make his life as nice as it can be.
    Our vet does not believe in growth problems of any kind but I have heared about it that often that it is hard for me not to believe...

    We do not know exactly how old Mikesh is: We only know he must be older than six months, but how old exactly is unknown. At the moment he only weighs 58 grams...

    At the moment I think about buying a second sulcata. My vet says a second tortoise of the same species could help Mikesh eat better. I have heared several meanings about it: Some people say it is a great idea some others say the opposite. What about you? I would be very happy to hear what you think about it!

    Last but not least I want to show you a picture of my little boy (or girl - we decided for boy at the moment and wait for the surprise :) having breakfast:

    [​IMG]

    Thank you very much for your patience with me and my English!

    Greetings,

    Leonie
    Kennabear914, Nic B, Ginja and 3 others like this.
  2. Tidgy's Dad

    Tidgy's Dad Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2015
    Messages:
    43,113
    Likes Received:
    106,481
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Fes, Morocco
    (These ads do not appear for registered members.)
    Hello, Leonie, and a very warm welcome to Tortoise Forum to you and Mikesh McMau.
    Do not buy him a friend. Tortoises do not work in pairs, groups sometimes work but not pairs, it would make Makesh more stressed, sulcatas prefer to be alone.
    Also have a look at https://tortoiseforum.org/threads/how-to-raise-a-healthy-sulcata-or-leopard-version-2-0.79895/
    and https://tortoiseforum.org/threads/for-those-who-have-a-young-sulcata.76744/
    Which should provide you with plenty of information and diet tips.
    Keep with it, if the damage is done, it is done, and as you say you can still make his life as happy as possible.
    Hopefully, once he fully recovers from his sickness and the medication, he will start to put on weight.
    One of the loveliest people on the forum is my friend from Germany, Sabine.
    @Bee62
    Bee62, Gillian Moore and JoesMum like this.
  3. Gillian Moore

    Gillian Moore Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2014
    Messages:
    13,912
    Likes Received:
    18,107
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Hi @Lori81 and welcome to the forum. :)

    What an adorable little tort Mikesh is. :<3: GOD bless him/her.:)

    (Your English is VERY good,don't worry). :D
    Bee62 likes this.
  4. Bee62

    Bee62 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2016
    Messages:
    5,368
    Likes Received:
    17,401
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Germany, Lower Saxony, Hardegsen, Ludwigshöhe
    My dearest Adam, I thank you very much for what you wrote about me. I really appreciate it and I am proud of it. :<3:
    By the way it was me that brought Leonie & Mikesch onto the forum.:):):)
    Gillian Moore and Tidgy's Dad like this.
  5. Tidgy's Dad

    Tidgy's Dad Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2015
    Messages:
    43,113
    Likes Received:
    106,481
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Fes, Morocco
    Ah , okay, i remember you mentioning something about it.
    So they know I'm right.:)
    Gillian Moore and Bee62 like this.
  6. Bee62

    Bee62 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2016
    Messages:
    5,368
    Likes Received:
    17,401
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Germany, Lower Saxony, Hardegsen, Ludwigshöhe
    Hello Leonie,

    it is good to see you here. Welcome to the forum and our big tortoise family.
    I wish you and Mikesch all the luck on earth that he thrives and grows.

    wit kind greetings
    Sabine
    Tidgy's Dad likes this.
  7. Yvonne G

    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 5 Year Member Platinum Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2008
    Messages:
    71,126
    Likes Received:
    29,178
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Clovis, CA
    Welcome to the Forum!
  8. RosemaryDW

    RosemaryDW Well-Known Member TFO Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2016
    Messages:
    1,527
    Likes Received:
    779
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Newport Coast, CA
  9. Lori81

    Lori81 New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2017
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    10
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Location:
    Germany
    Awww... thank you very much for this warm welcome! Sabine just told me all people here were very nice and friendly - seems like she is right as in the most cases :)

    It is a wonderful feeling to meet people who love those beautiful animals as much as I do!

    I wish all of you a nice weekend :)
    Tidgy's Dad, Gillian Moore and Bee62 like this.
  10. Gillian Moore

    Gillian Moore Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2014
    Messages:
    13,912
    Likes Received:
    18,107
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Nice of you, Sabine.
    Bee62 likes this.
  11. popeye tortoise

    popeye tortoise Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2015
    Messages:
    390
    Likes Received:
    272
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Welcome to the forum and it so nice to see someone who truly cares for the tortoise.
    Bee62 likes this.
  12. Grandpa Turtle 144

    Grandpa Turtle 144 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2013
    Messages:
    9,984
    Likes Received:
    7,373
    Trophy Points:
    113
  13. Dizisdalife

    Dizisdalife Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2010
    Messages:
    1,687
    Likes Received:
    388
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    San Diego, CA
    Leonie, welcome to the Forum. No need to apologize for your English, it's great.
  14. anita keyes

    anita keyes New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2016
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Welcome! Sounds like you are an excellent tortoise "mom". I have a 14 year old Russian tort and a 4 year old Sulcata, living in upstate New York, USA.
  15. Kennabear914

    Kennabear914 New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2018
    Messages:
    20
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    He looks just like my baby Ollie! When I got Ollie they told us he was 5-6 months so he’d be around 9 or 10 now and he only weighs 54 grams. C7223CBB-EDD3-472A-8328-CA9D1B711884.jpg
  16. Kennabear914

    Kennabear914 New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2018
    Messages:
    20
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    Actually Ollie was 5-6 weeks and Is now about 5 months
Similar Threads: Hello Germany
Forum Title Date
Introductions Hello from Germany Nov 13, 2016
Introductions Hello from Germany ! Jan 12, 2015
Introductions Hello from Germany!! Oct 1, 2012
Introductions Hello from Germany Jan 25, 2010
Introductions Hello Yesterday at 7:39 AM

Share This Page