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Forum: Breeding and Incubation 23-01-2021, 09:05 PM
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Posted By sandy
Well my females are still laying eggs and they...

Well my females are still laying eggs and they are over 30yrs old. Sounds like you need a different vet. As thirty is very young in tortoises, and only really just mature:0)
I keep ibera one of the...
Forum: General Discussion 17-01-2021, 06:43 PM
Replies: 736
Views: 45,001
Posted By sandy
I think you are between the devil and the deep...

I think you are between the devil and the deep blue sea:0)
Forum: General Discussion 31-12-2020, 02:07 PM
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Views: 45,001
Posted By sandy
Best wishes Gordon, I hope its a better start of...

Best wishes Gordon, I hope its a better start of the new year for you:0)
Forum: Mediterranean Tortoises - Information & Questions 29-12-2020, 10:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 388
Posted By sandy
At anytime you are not happy with them (using...

At anytime you are not happy with them (using your head not your heart) then just get them up. Hibernation is a learning curve for all:0)
Forum: Mediterranean Tortoises - Information & Questions 27-12-2020, 03:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 388
Posted By sandy
Its a 10% weight loss over the whole of the...

Its a 10% weight loss over the whole of the hibernation. It might be they need to be colder, if they open their eyes when handling, they are not fully down. When I used to weigh mine they never had...
Forum: General Discussion 24-12-2020, 12:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 188
Posted By sandy
Best seasons wishes to all:0)

Best seasons wishes to all:0)
Forum: General Discussion 19-12-2020, 05:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 777
Posted By sandy
Just a Christmas meal at ours, no family to come...

Just a Christmas meal at ours, no family to come so giving Christmas a miss this year:0(
Forum: Breeding and Incubation 13-12-2020, 02:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,208
Posted By sandy
The first week normal heat and light, NO FOOD but...

The first week normal heat and light, NO FOOD but bathe.
Second week reduce heat and light one hour at the end of each day, NO FOOD, but bathe.
Third week reduce heat and light to nothing and by...
Forum: Breeding and Incubation 13-12-2020, 12:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,208
Posted By sandy
Eight weeks should be a minimum:0) You need...

Eight weeks should be a minimum:0)
You need somewhere where temps will not drop below 5c. I used to hibernate my hatchlings (boxed up) in our garage, which is attached to the house. I had a heater...
Forum: Mediterranean Tortoises - Information & Questions 12-12-2020, 01:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 296
Posted By sandy
I would bathe for the first couple of weeks, but...

I would bathe for the first couple of weeks, but if you can see them slowing down leave the last week. As sometimes bathing wakes them up more:0)
Forum: Mediterranean Tortoises - Information & Questions 11-12-2020, 05:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 296
Posted By sandy
A minimum of eight weeks. If they dont lose...

A minimum of eight weeks. If they dont lose weight then another couple of weeks. Keeping them asleep while the weather is cold, is better for them and you. As good food is not always easy to find....
Forum: Mediterranean Tortoises - Information & Questions 10-12-2020, 06:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 296
Posted By sandy
Hatchling tortoises hibernate from their first...

Hatchling tortoises hibernate from their first year in the wild:0) So it would be normal to do so, but most keepers are scared to do so. But if the correct info is followed its a doddle if a little...
Forum: General Discussion 07-12-2020, 09:38 PM
Replies: 736
Views: 45,001
Posted By sandy
Fingers crossed all goes well Gordon:0)

Fingers crossed all goes well Gordon:0)
Forum: General Discussion 03-12-2020, 08:47 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 777
Posted By sandy
We wont be seeing grandchildren this year:0( ...

We wont be seeing grandchildren this year:0(
But it will be a much cheaper Christmas all round, as my son and husband are both humbugs:0( So I am going to miss this Christmas and hopefully have a...
Forum: General Discussion 03-12-2020, 05:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 142
Posted By sandy
Unfortunately they are only interested in money:0(

Unfortunately they are only interested in money:0(
Forum: Tortoise Health and Vets 27-11-2020, 11:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 731
Posted By sandy
Sorry to hear:0( But if it happens again you...

Sorry to hear:0(
But if it happens again you need something around the sac to stop infection, Vaseline can help, as I have used this with hatchlings with large egg sacs. It does happen. Its all a...
Forum: Tortoise Health and Vets 23-11-2020, 09:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 731
Posted By sandy
Adding to this I would use Vaseline in the...

Adding to this I would use Vaseline in the kitchen roll to help stop infections. Good advice above:0)
Forum: Tortoise Health and Vets 23-11-2020, 05:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 731
Posted By sandy
What species? Where is the egg sac torn, white...

What species?
Where is the egg sac torn, white or yolk?
If it were mine I would leave the hatchling and egg in the incubator to see if the hatchling can absorb the sac:0)
Forum: Pictures 16-11-2020, 10:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 456
Posted By sandy
Wow Gordon what a tiny surprise, great pictures. ...

Wow Gordon what a tiny surprise, great pictures.
Fingers crossed for him:0)
Forum: General Discussion 12-11-2020, 07:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 746
Posted By sandy
Now that does sound painful:0( Still you are up...

Now that does sound painful:0( Still you are up and about so has to be positive:0)
Forum: General Discussion 11-11-2020, 08:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 746
Posted By sandy
It will keep you busy Mary:0) Enjoy!

It will keep you busy Mary:0) Enjoy!
Forum: General Discussion 09-11-2020, 02:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 746
Posted By sandy
Sounds like you have been kept busy through...

Sounds like you have been kept busy through out:0)
My last ibera has just gone down. The first went down a month ago:0)
Forum: General Discussion 09-11-2020, 01:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 746
Posted By sandy
How is everyone?

Just thought I would ask if we are all doing ok?
Another lockdown (not that its any different for me) but the weather is very mild for the time of the year:0)
Forum: Breeding and Incubation 25-10-2020, 06:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 681
Posted By sandy
DEFRA think its ok to micro chip with nano chips...

DEFRA think its ok to micro chip with nano chips on hatchlings. But I for one think their legs are far too small:0(
So waiting until they are big enough is really the way to go:0)
Forum: Breeding and Incubation 25-10-2020, 11:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 681
Posted By sandy
You dont need a licence as such. But all adults...

You dont need a licence as such.
But all adults and hatchlings need certificates before you can sell them. As its illegal to sell without. You can give them away without certs.
On the form on DEFRA...
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