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Hi Tom
Posted: 14/03/2014 by colleen123

Tom I hope you have read my reply on my last posting. I thought I would give you an update on Rasputin. He is doing well I think, He seems to like his Table and takes himself to bed at night. I let him run round the house when I am here during the day. He seems to love his bath. Yesterday I had him outside for a while.

Question. When I build him an outside pen do I leave him out at night. Does him need some sort of hut.

He is eating well but the only plant I know is dandelion. Any advice on getting him a good supply of weeds for a variation.

Regards Colleen

Re: Hi Tom
Posted: 14/03/2014 by Tom

Hello Colleen,

I missed your last post, having looked for your reply for a week to no avail. I'll reply tomorrow.

Re your present post. It's not good to let torts wander round a house, (see TPG green boxes for dangers,) also they're frustrated when returned to their t.table.

Sub adult & adult torts can be left out overnight from May to October. They need a waterproof wooden house, with soft straw inside. Cover the house at night. 

Re food plants - click on the "Links" box. 


Re: Hi Tom
Posted: 15/03/2014 by Tom

Re. your post on the Main Index of the Forum, Coleen, dated March 1st.

I am not sure what is meant by meeting the vet in October "to do the hibernation thing." All the information you need is available on the TPG site. Also I suggest that you keep accurate monthly weight records, to refer back to.

The lamp can be left on for up to 12 hours, but 8 hours is sufficient, less if it becomes hyperactive.

As to how much food to give - it is unlikely to overfeed, just make sure the plants are suitable.

Build your wooden sided enclosure at least 15 sq metres & enjoy some natural behaviour.


Re: Hi Tom
Posted: 20/03/2014 by colleen123

Hi Tom, I was to see the vet about how to properly hibernate the tort . As told him I didn t really want to hibernate him. But he said it is bad for the tort not to let him hibernate and that if I was so worried about it  to go back in October and he would show me how to make sure I had done it correctly.

Ok I ll start to keep a record of his weight. What I need is a supply of  good food for him. I have made a start on his outdoor enclosure.

Thanks Tom good to know your there. I will take some photos and up load them when I learn how.




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