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Old 30-07-2009, 09:47 AM   #11
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our one gets bathed every day/other day and she always has fresh water in the indoor/out door enclosures.but im sure i read on here some where about over bathing.why would that be???
Im not sure you can over bath hatchlings, they need it as they can die of dehydration, this is very important to them. I have heard of over bathing too, but i think only one person mentioned it on this forum so not sure how true that is, but they said that tortoise can look puffy!
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Old 30-07-2009, 11:16 AM   #12
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Lovely jubbly.
I had to use Opera to view it, for some reason I can't view images on Image Shack with Internet Explorer all this MS Front Page stuff starts to download whenever I go on it. I do still use it for keeping snippets even though I have MSEW now. Weird, it's been like that for a couple of years now
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Old 30-07-2009, 11:32 AM   #13
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They really are lovely, and their shells are looking good
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Old 30-07-2009, 09:02 PM   #14
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Thanks very much everyone, espechially Bindi for the kind comment on their shells. Like most on here I worry about pyrammiding and too fast growth. I have found it particuarly difficult with my Sulcatas. They are a bit lumpy I know. I think this is maybe due to all the difficulties I had in the first nine months or so with slight squidgyness/D3 calcium difficiencies. I am a bit paranoid about calcium problems. My very first sulcata Michael died from D3/calcium difficiency when he was only ten months old. It was very sudden. He was very very slightly soft which I thought was due to him being little more than a hatchling. It was a hot summer and he became less active. I wasn't concerned and put it down to the heat. Within two days he just stopped moving, he couldn't even pull his head in. I rushed him to the vet but our reptile specialist had left the practise. They rang round for advice and I had to leave him with them. He died the next day. I don't think I will ever forgive myself. It was my fault for not knowing enough and not geting it right. Leaving him at the vets to die alone was awful. A few months later my husband spotted Spike and Idrys then two months old in a garden centre of all places. I've been striving to do me absolute best by them ever since. Including half an hours drive to a top tortoise vet whenever my paranoia stages a come back. I shall always have huge regrets and feel responsable for loosing Michael. Being able to use this forum to talk with other Sulcata owners is going to make it easier for me to be confident that I am doing the best I can for my sullys and giving them the quality of life they deserve.
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Old 30-07-2009, 11:44 PM   #15
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Thanks very much everyone, espechially Bindi for the kind comment on their shells. Like most on here I worry about pyrammiding and too fast growth. I have found it particuarly difficult with my Sulcatas. They are a bit lumpy I know. I think this is maybe due to all the difficulties I had in the first nine months or so with slight squidgyness/D3 calcium difficiencies. I am a bit paranoid about calcium problems. My very first sulcata Michael died from D3/calcium difficiency when he was only ten months old. It was very sudden. He was very very slightly soft which I thought was due to him being little more than a hatchling. It was a hot summer and he became less active. I wasn't concerned and put it down to the heat. Within two days he just stopped moving, he couldn't even pull his head in. I rushed him to the vet but our reptile specialist had left the practise. They rang round for advice and I had to leave him with them. He died the next day. I don't think I will ever forgive myself. It was my fault for not knowing enough and not geting it right. Leaving him at the vets to die alone was awful. A few months later my husband spotted Spike and Idrys then two months old in a garden centre of all places. I've been striving to do me absolute best by them ever since. Including half an hours drive to a top tortoise vet whenever my paranoia stages a come back. I shall always have huge regrets and feel responsable for loosing Michael. Being able to use this forum to talk with other Sulcata owners is going to make it easier for me to be confident that I am doing the best I can for my sullys and giving them the quality of life they deserve.
So sorry to hear about Micheal that must have been horrible for you. Im hoping mine are ok now you say that, i rescued 2 sulcatas (im guessing they are about 9 - 10months old, they are very slightly soft underneath and i knew they were on dry tortoise pellets, pink play sand, tiny dish of water so they couldnt get into, and above all they had no calcuim like cuttlefish/nutribol, because the pet shop said the tortoise pellets provide all that! which im not sure is true. Also they had a tiny table and no hides etc with a 100w combined bulb about an inch from their head - one had a scab on his head when i got him!!

Anyway going back to what you were saying..... they are not that active (my 4 month old ones are very active) they do seem unsure and are shy, but i handle them daily and put them outside, they have a little wonder then retreat to their inside area. I will look out for any more signs, although im sure they are still settling in and getting used to all the space they have. Ive only had them about 4 weeks.

I couldnt believe when i got them and gave them cuttlefish they didnt leave it alone, so it just shows they needed calcuim badly.

Anyway your 2 little ones are lovely, your doing a good job
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Old 31-07-2009, 08:38 AM   #16
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Thanks very much everyone, espechially Bindi for the kind comment on their shells. Like most on here I worry about pyrammiding and too fast growth. I have found it particuarly difficult with my Sulcatas. They are a bit lumpy I know. I think this is maybe due to all the difficulties I had in the first nine months or so with slight squidgyness/D3 calcium difficiencies. I am a bit paranoid about calcium problems. My very first sulcata Michael died from D3/calcium difficiency when he was only ten months old. It was very sudden. He was very very slightly soft which I thought was due to him being little more than a hatchling. It was a hot summer and he became less active. I wasn't concerned and put it down to the heat. Within two days he just stopped moving, he couldn't even pull his head in. I rushed him to the vet but our reptile specialist had left the practise. They rang round for advice and I had to leave him with them. He died the next day. I don't think I will ever forgive myself. It was my fault for not knowing enough and not geting it right. Leaving him at the vets to die alone was awful. A few months later my husband spotted Spike and Idrys then two months old in a garden centre of all places. I've been striving to do me absolute best by them ever since. Including half an hours drive to a top tortoise vet whenever my paranoia stages a come back. I shall always have huge regrets and feel responsable for loosing Michael. Being able to use this forum to talk with other Sulcata owners is going to make it easier for me to be confident that I am doing the best I can for my sullys and giving them the quality of life they deserve.
So sorry to here about your Michael, I'm sure things will be fine this time. It is a worry growth and calcium in a species that are so quick growing and always seem to be hungry.
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Old 31-07-2009, 04:01 PM   #17
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If you see them drinking from a water bowl... there is no need to soak them at all.
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Old 04-08-2009, 03:14 PM   #18
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nice looking sully's , got 2 myself amongst others and they do grow quick......its a balance.

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