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Posted: 27/05/2015 by NannaEm

Hi, I am a new member and a new toroise owner having recentlyinherited my fathers 70yr old Whitei called 'Fred' which dad acquired from a rescue centre 25yrs ago.  Sadly my father died suddenly and I have little information about 'Freds' routine but he is a real character and seems to have settled in very well with me.  I knew nothing about tortoise care and do not think my dad did either although I have had 'Fred' checked over by a local tortoise group and he is very healthy and a good weight.  I am already very attached to him, I'm really enjoying getting to know his little ways and want to do mybest for him.  He eats well and I am trying to source and offer him the natural foods advised but I am no gardener so am having problems visually identifying the plants and weeds recommended, fortunately Fred seems to be able to locate what he wants and forrages around in my small/med but secure garden.  I would like to have him microchipped and wormed but have given him time to settle before wanting to put him through anything like this. His faeces etc. seem normal but how can I tell if he has worms?  How often should he be routinely wormed?  .

Re: Worming
Posted: 27/05/2015 by Tom


Apart from the tragic circumstances, you are lucky to have gained a F. whitei, a lovely gentle species.
If you ask around you will find people who can help with identifying plants. Perhaps section off a nursery area so that plants can be grown on & cut, rather than all being eaten down to the soil.

I imagine that you have a large waterproof house for overnight & for poor weather.
I trust that he can't be seen by the public when he's in the garden.

Re. worming - the best approach is to arrange to take a fresh faecal sample to the vets. He can then be treated only if necessary. 



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