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Well my silly hingie is digging a nest yet again. Has no one told this daft girl she is supposed to have retired?! No more babies, we’ve talked about this Phoebe! She is in her 50s and ready for a good rest. 9 babies is more than enough. I don’t want to disturb her as she has been quite ill lately and in no condition to really be laying at all. This is a video of her laying several years ago. You can hear her rolling the eggs into place in the nest if you listen carefully 🙂 

awwww congrats! Again? hee Guess she wants to make sure the world is full of shell babies that look as good as her?

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Little Speckled Jim is off to his new home tonight! 

It’s been hard work getting him healthy but he’s finally ready for the next adventure 🙂 Im going to be telling his new owners how you guys funded his vet care and i’ll show them any messages you leave for him/them here 🙂 Im gonna miss his cheeky little face 🙂 

YAY JIM!! Happy Forever home!

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I thought it would be much harder getting Wyatt to eat healthier plants and weeds as he’d only ever been fed salad and fruit before. He eats everything put in front of him! He ate all his broadleaf plantain, mallow, dandelion, bristly oxtongue, buddleia, campanula and a bit of clover. He didn’t even care about the supplement powders even though he’s had none before! 

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Important Information for Tortoise Owners!

“Last week I had a tortoise come my way that was having regular immobilising spasms. The mature female Ibera was contorted and paralysed for periods of time and it was quite horrific to watch and made myself and her owner feel helpless beyond words. All I could do was tube fluids into her in the hope that if a poisoning case, the toxins could be flushed out of her system. To cut the next 24 hrs short, it developed that she had ingested a few fallen azalea petals the previous evening. This meant that by the following tea time, on return from work her owner discovered her in her contorted form and so the toxins were well and truly into her blood stream. I am pleased to say that with continued fluids through the night, both tubed into mouth and subcutaneously, that by the following lunchtime she was once again feeding and basking. Note Azaleas and tortoises do not belong in the same garden!!

The above photo is the tortoise post trauma” – 

Permission to share granted by Donna

Please share and make sure everyone is aware – Azaleas and tortoises do not mix!! Just a few petals is all it takes.

A very important post by the fantastic @tortoise-adventures. SAFETY FIRST.

Weighing and Measuring your Tortoise, Tortoise Observation Chart – The Tortoise table

Weighing and Measuring your Tortoise, Tortoise Observation Chart – The Tortoise table

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This is a great link for showing you how to measure a tortoise properly. The 

Straight Carapace Length is what most keepers and vets should be using and makes everything the same. It also shows you how to get a more accurate weight for tortys that move around a lot.
Its a good idea to track your tortoises growth and weight. Weigh them after their bath and a poop to make sure its always roughly the same conditions. Phoebe is weighed weekly as she regularly lays eggs, and an increase in weight can indicate i need to give her some extra care just in case. Button is a baby so i measure her every fortnight to ensure she’s growing. And adult male George is weighed monthly as he’s a healthy male and unlikely to grow further 🙂 Weighing daily or any more than that tends to just make me worry about natural fluctuations.