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upside down torty
Posted: 01/04/2009 by tobiesmum

hi, me again.

with all the warm weather we have been having lately daisy has been in her outside enclosure all day for past 2 days, she is very active and seems to enjoy it but she keeps trying to climb the walls. she gets into the corners and pushes her self. how can i stop her? i check on her every half hour but have gone out a few times and she has been upside down, am worried to leave her if i go out incase this happens. am i right in thinking that they cant right themselves?

the enclosure is 1 meter square and is a foot deep with a mesh top she has a sand and soil mix in the bottom 

Re: upside down torty
Posted: 01/04/2009 by ElaineTPG

Oh, they are a worry aren't they! Do you have a few things more in the center of the set up to attract her more to the middle? You could place a large pot in the corner, just make sure it is tall enough not for her to make it into a ladder. Terracota pots wedged into the corners can be an appreciated cover from sun or wind. Once she has sussed out that she can't escape then things will calm down. If you have to pop out might be a good idea to leave the feeding until then, will keep her busy for a little while. Good to read that you have a mesh top! They can right themselves providing they have a surface that they can catch on to, but having said that I still find the odd one upturned for NO apparent reason. I'm with Daisy on enjoying the sunshine, it is wonderful! Hope this has given you a few ideas, if she doesn't stop then you could line the inside with the plastic roll of stuff you buy to do borders with, then she will just slip down. I take it she can't see through the boudries?


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Re: upside down torty
Posted: 01/04/2009 by tpgNina

As Elaine says, they do try and worry us! Is there any way you can make the enclosure a bit larger? If not, then as Elaine suggested, more of interest to distract her would help. I've got one of those large, curved ceramic roof tile things (about a foot and a half long) in the middle of my enclosure, with soil on top so it makes a sort of hill to climb on, but a tunnel to walk through. I'll try and load an image of it, but I'm not very good at this, so it probably won't work.

Re: upside down torty
Posted: 01/04/2009 by tobiesmum

unfortunately i cant make it bigger as it takes up half my patio and we are limited on outside space what with swings and trampolines ect. i made sure that she cant see out but will try adding some more things to keep her busy. if i use plant pots in the corner are there any trailing plants that i can put in there for her to munch on, something that will fill the corner up?

Re: upside down torty
Posted: 02/04/2009 by kohimagirl

Re-vamped Annabels outside enclosure this year and it seems she is more settled now she can see the rest of the garden. Before she couldnt and just dug down and stayed in the one place everytime she was put outside. Now she has a good walk round and looks at the birds and the cats and seems much happier. She has a lawned section and its just a picket fence 9" high beought in joining sections from the 1 shop, and her underneath enclosure which is a cool part covered with a concerete slab and another sheletered part covered with a plastic wavy roof sheet. Decorated corners with windmills and a section just planted with weed seeds off ebay.Its probablynow 2yards square. I'll send some pics if I can send them to someone to re-size. I was going to use them for my application  for re-homing along one of the tort table indoors.     Regards, Kohimagirl.Click and drag me down to the editor


Re: upside down torty
Posted: 03/04/2009 by vivtpgadmin

Hi,  I cant wait to see the pics, as its hard to imagine what it looks like from a description, sounds good though!!

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Re: upside down torty
Posted: 07/04/2009 by marilyn

Hello Tobiesmum,   This also concerned me for the first couple of weeks after I adopted little Toto... What I found is if I place stones a few inches from the walls of the enclosure, if he does fall on his back he can easily get a hold onto the stones to lever himself back onto his tummy.  I also have a mess top cover (just in case)...  Toto is so lovely and makes me laugh every day with his antics.  I love him.   Hope this helps...  love from Marilyn. x


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