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Old 20-07-2009, 08:38 AM   #1
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Hey all,
I have been keeping torts for all my life but only ever had Med species. I am not looking at expanding to Hingebacks yet but wondered whether anyone keeps them and how easy they are to keep, husbandry etc etc as I may be interested in the future. Nothing set in stone as of yet though.
I have seen many available in the pet trade lately, I believe most are Long Term Captive but if I was to expand would like CBUK. Are they Captive Bred in the UK at all?
I have mostly seen Kinixys belliana and Kinixys erosa
available within the pet trade and all are LTC adults.
Thank you in advance for any information that can be given
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Old 20-07-2009, 10:36 AM   #2
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There are a lot of imports at the moment of the Hingebacks in the petshops/on line etc.... Heathrow airport have been dealing with a number of wild caught seizures, so it can be assumed that those adults and young offered for sale in the pet trade could very well be wild caught. As such they could be carrying a heavy parasite and worm load

If you want to look into keeping these in the future, start looking for a Reputable UK Breeder, and then you can be sure they are 100% healthy young Hingeback Tortoises.
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Old 20-07-2009, 09:27 PM   #3
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Hi Kelz,

I keep Bell's hinge backs. They are realatively new to me.

They have beautiful faces and personalities. They are also very placid but do need quite high humidity levels. They also don't like bright lights. Mine get through a whole load of snails each week, not to mention my shopping bill has gone through the roof with all the fruit. But saying that I adore them. They are so very rewarding. I was amazed at the hinge in motion. Mine are too tame now to show me the hinge in motion.

The TT have dealt with so many recently as part of seizures. They have needed quite specialist treatment. I'm not looking forward to worming mine, as they are quite shy and do not pop their heads out as easily as my other torts.

I do keep mine in a greenhouse (for help with humidity levels). From here they can access outside into a nicely shaded area to hunt for snails. They are escape artists and will beat a horsfield escapee any day.

I would not recommend to a beginner and certainly not bought from a pet shop. These guys seem to be so sensitive. Hold out for a reputable breeder. I'm sure that there will be some captive bred hatchlings available in the future.

Hope this helps.
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Old 21-07-2009, 03:05 AM   #4
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I got my bells about ten years ago,I got him at a reptile show he was wild caught,I felt bad because he was missing a back leg,I got a big outdoor pen with lots of shrubs for him to hide under,I been looking for a female for him but still no luck
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Thanks guys, I understand that those available in the pet trade would be wild caught but being sold off as Long term captive, they are just so beautiful and it is such a shame.
Do you have any pics of yours?
I don't think they will be something that we would be getting in the near future though but in years to come if some UK Cb come along then maybe we will.
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Old 22-07-2009, 08:36 PM   #6
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Thanks guys, I understand that those available in the pet trade would be wild caught but being sold off as Long term captive, they are just so beautiful and it is such a shame.
Do you have any pics of yours?
I don't think they will be something that we would be getting in the near future though but in years to come if some UK Cb come along then maybe we will.




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Old 22-07-2009, 09:41 PM   #7
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Hi i keep hinges got bells both bellina and nogeuyi and also got homeana, i have had no problems with any of them but they where all wormed twice withing 10 days of me getting them as this is the biggest problem with hinges, they are very shy and you wont see them a great deal but they do love wallowing in water and munching on mushrooms and snails!

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Old 23-07-2009, 04:02 PM   #8
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Yea... you're gonna find a person... let alone breeding... but selling hingebacks in the UK.

Ya gotta start somewhere.

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If you want to look into keeping these in the future, start looking for a Reputable UK Breeder, and then you can be sure they are 100% healthy young Hingeback Tortoises.
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I won't get tired of saying this until it catches on... more important than treating for worms... especially in hingebacks and especially the forest hingebacks... is to treat for protozoa... just as you would for worms. I suggest a minimum of 3 weekly treatments.

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Hi i keep hinges got bells both bellina and nogeuyi and also got homeana, i have had no problems with any of them but they where all wormed twice withing 10 days of me getting them as this is the biggest problem with hinges, they are very shy and you wont see them a great deal but they do love wallowing in water and munching on mushrooms and snails!

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