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Forum: Housing 22-05-2020, 08:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 454
Posted By GemJam
Permanent outdoor housing

Hi everyone, I hope you are all well.

I have a 6 year old Hermanns who I've had since a baby. I've always kept her inside during the colder months and hibernated in a fridge, but she is outside...
Forum: Mediterranean Tortoises - Information & Questions 13-10-2018, 01:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 638
Posted By GemJam
Thank everyone. She is going to leave then...

Thank everyone.

She is going to leave then as they are and see how they go. Trying to make sure the littlest gets a chance to eat something.

The larger one has a tail which curls round. Is that...
Forum: Mediterranean Tortoises - Information & Questions 12-10-2018, 08:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 638
Posted By GemJam
Thanks Gordon. I will let her know and see...

Thanks Gordon.

I will let her know and see how it goes
Forum: Mediterranean Tortoises - Information & Questions 12-10-2018, 06:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 638
Posted By GemJam
Thanks for your quick response. The bigger...

Thanks for your quick response.

The bigger one eats most of the food before the other has a chance. Even if you put the smaller one in front of the food he doesn't appear interested.

It's...
Forum: Mediterranean Tortoises - Information & Questions 12-10-2018, 04:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 638
Posted By GemJam
Reintroducing torts

Hi all,

A friend of mine has two horsefield tortoises, bought both at the same time and are about 2 years old. One is twice the size and significantly heavier than the other, more active and eats...
Forum: Mediterranean Tortoises - Information & Questions 19-09-2018, 06:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,635
Posted By GemJam
Hi, I've only hibernated twice and find...

Hi,

I've only hibernated twice and find there is a good guide on the tortoise trust website called new hibernation.

I stop feeding my tort, but ensure she still has clean water daily to let her...
Forum: Mediterranean Tortoises - Information & Questions 31-07-2018, 10:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 771
Posted By GemJam
Hi Sandy, It has been a bit dry recently, so...

Hi Sandy,

It has been a bit dry recently, so most likely that! I have been watering her enclosure, but it made no difference the past few weeks.

Only kept her our of the rain for my peace of...
Forum: Mediterranean Tortoises - Information & Questions 31-07-2018, 09:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 771
Posted By GemJam
whistling tort

Hi all,

My little tortoise is making a nasal whistle when she breathes.

I've had her checked over by a tortoise vet and he said she was in good health.

She has been outside since summer...
Forum: Mediterranean Tortoises - Information & Questions 08-07-2018, 08:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,526
Posted By GemJam
I can't remember the last time I brought my...

I can't remember the last time I brought my little tort inside!

She seems to be loving it, however as with everyone else's she is keeping herself cool and hiding.

I give her fresh water...
Forum: Mediterranean Tortoises - Information & Questions 17-01-2018, 10:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,237
Posted By GemJam
Thanks Sandy, it looks great. Do you have a...

Thanks Sandy, it looks great. Do you have a thermostat set up to regulate the temperature?

My greenhouse has one of those glass panes on the roof that rises when it gets too hot. But I want to...
Forum: Mediterranean Tortoises - Information & Questions 11-01-2018, 10:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,237
Posted By GemJam
If either of you have any pictures to share of...

If either of you have any pictures to share of your greenhouse set ups I would love to see them.

Fridge hibernation worked fine last year and decided to do the same again. Hibernation is certainly...
Forum: Mediterranean Tortoises - Information & Questions 07-01-2018, 12:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,237
Posted By GemJam
Thank you. I was planning on hibernating for 12...

Thank you. I was planning on hibernating for 12 weeks, so will continue as planned.

What set up do you have in your greenhouse for your torts to hibernate? I will be looking at getting a more...
Forum: Mediterranean Tortoises - Information & Questions 07-01-2018, 10:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,237
Posted By GemJam
length of hibernation

Hi all,

I hope you had a great Christmas and New Year!

My Hermanns is 4 years old and this is her second year hibernating. I do this in a fridge, as it gives me the controlled environment to...
Forum: Mediterranean Tortoises - Information & Questions 06-01-2018, 03:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,351
Posted By GemJam
Hi Rachel, Welcome to the forum and congrats...

Hi Rachel,

Welcome to the forum and congrats on becoming a tort owner. It brings joys and many worries, but it is all worth it.

I cannot comment on the claws, hopefully someone with more...
Forum: Mediterranean Tortoises - Information & Questions 06-01-2018, 02:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 714
Posted By GemJam
Hi Izar, I also use a combi bulb, but at a...

Hi Izar,

I also use a combi bulb, but at a lower wattage of 100w. I find this provides a suitable temperature and the correct distance for the UV, so would be worth trying this.

When your tort...
Forum: Housing 08-07-2017, 06:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 917
Posted By GemJam
It doesn't appear that photo bucket is working at...

It doesn't appear that photo bucket is working at the moment and I haven't set up any other system to share photos. But if you have instagram head to my account @gemjam1987 and check out the most...
Forum: Housing 08-07-2017, 05:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 917
Posted By GemJam
Thanks both. I will just keep pulling it up and...

Thanks both. I will just keep pulling it up and hope it doesn't come back.
Forum: Housing 08-07-2017, 11:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 917
Posted By GemJam
How do you get rid of ivy?

Hi guys,

My new outdoor enclosure is just about ready to go. A bit later than planned, due to a fractured foot, but better late than never!

However I've noticed that ivy keeps popping up. I dig...
Forum: Mediterranean Tortoises - Information & Questions 01-07-2017, 06:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,989
Posted By GemJam
Sorry to hijack your thread. While my...

Sorry to hijack your thread.

While my tortoise does not eat that much soil, she loves eating stones. I'm always worried that she is going to eat a stone she cannot swallow and it will get stuck. I...
Forum: Tortoise Health and Vets 25-06-2017, 08:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,068
Posted By GemJam
Thank you, that is quite reassuring. I went...

Thank you, that is quite reassuring.

I went on holiday for a week and a friend, who also keeps torts, popped round everyday to feed and give her fresh water. So I was very worried when I came back...
Forum: Tortoise Health and Vets 25-06-2017, 03:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,068
Posted By GemJam
Whistling tort

Hi all,

I have a 2 years and 10 month old Hermann. My tortoise has started making a whistling noise when breathing. It's not all the time, but is noticeable.

I have stripped her enclosure of...
Forum: Housing 30-03-2017, 07:27 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 6,931
Posted By GemJam
Loving all the progress pictures. It is...

Loving all the progress pictures. It is certainly very inspiring. I have a similar sized space I am converting for my tort, but I have a greenhouse currently in place.

Keep us updated with more...
Forum: Mediterranean Tortoises - Information & Questions 28-01-2017, 11:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,192
Posted By GemJam
It looks as though you have got the best advice...

It looks as though you have got the best advice here and I agree. I use wickes top soil only (3 bags for 10). I use the arcedia combined bulb and my tort loves basking under it and I get the...
Forum: Mediterranean Tortoises - Information & Questions 28-01-2017, 11:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 994
Posted By GemJam
I usually never see her drink either. I've just...

I usually never see her drink either. I've just been watching closely when she came straight out of hibernation, as I was anxious to ensure she was healthy as it's her first hibernation (and mine)....
Forum: Mediterranean Tortoises - Information & Questions 26-01-2017, 06:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 994
Posted By GemJam
Drinking after hibernation

Hi all,

My tortoise hettie was hibernated for the first time this year. It seemed to go smoothly, I chose the fridge method for 8 weeks. The fridge stayed a constant temperature, she only lost 3g...
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