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Hermans Tortoise
Posted: 01/03/2015 by mongopongo

My 13 year old Hermans Tort has quite a long beak, is this normal. He's generally well, very active & eating normally.

Re: Hermans Tortoise
Posted: 01/03/2015 by Tom

Hello,

Can you post photos of the beak & your tort' generally please ?

How is it kept, plenty of info please.

Is there some reason why it isn't in hibernation ?

Regards,
Tom

Re: Hermans Tortoise
Posted: 01/03/2015 by mongopongo

Hi Tom, 

For some reason the pics won't load! I've had him for 4 years now, previously he was kept in a viv & I was not confident to hibernate him as he had never been hibernated before. Was going to get a fridge & do so this year but time slipped by! He has a  box with lights but generally wanders around the house & takes himself into a cupboard to sleep. Throughout the summer he remains in the garden, free roaming, with adequate shade & housing, he usually will come indoors via a ramp to find his cupboard for sleeping purposes. He's a very feisty tort & hates to be penned in. We've tried tort tables & pens but he gets quite distressed.  His diet is varied ie veg & salad items. He's very bright & alert so no worries with regard to his general health. The beak growth has only become noticeable the last 2-3 months.

Re: Hermans Tortoise
Posted: 01/03/2015 by mongopongo

Not sure what happened there Tom, looks like some uploaded!

Re: Hermans Tortoise
Posted: 01/03/2015 by Tom

Thank you for your reply & photos of your handsome tort..


The overgrowth is not too bad, it can be trimmed back. There is a list of exotic vets in a lower green box on the left. 

Keep monthly weight records, with a view to hibernating him this year, perhaps start with 3 months to give you confidence. There is a good Hibe' section in "The Tortoise " box on the left.

If you put soft straw in his Summer house, I suspect that he will sleep in it, face it S. East for the early sun.

Best wishes,
Tom

Re: Hermans Tortoise
Posted: 05/03/2015 by mongopongo

Many thanks for your reply Tom


Will definitely be reading up on hibernation for this year.....

It's not too easy having a headstrong Tort roaming around the home & one who won't stay put in his indoor housing for above 20 minutes at any time.

At least he sleeps through the night lol & we love him!

Best Wishes
Eunice

 

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