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Naming your baby tortoise is as important as naming your child and over the years my children have helped me name mine and if I get a new one i will look at it for days sometimes before i decide what to call him or her. So, when you get your new Tortoise have some names written down but don't choose one until you have picked your baby up and looked at it and a name will fit. I have heard some lovely names over the years and here are a few.... shelby, sheldon, maisy, Daisy, speedy, Yoda, Molly, Milly, Mable, flash, Romeo, Angel, Clover, Lancelot, shelly, Bubbles, Egbert, Delores Ozzy,Shylo, Pebbles, Curtis, Willow, Telula, Rapunzel, Lilo, Lionel, Strider, Mystic, Digger, Lottie dakota, dreamer, Layla, Mitzi, Sidney, Wilma and percy to name but a few. Go on the net and type in names and you will get thousands of names for all sorts of animals. Look at name books for children. Think of old names of long gone relatives sometimes they are really interesting. Let the children think of their favourite tv person etc etc The ideas are endless, I used alot of shakespeare names ie Romeo and Juliet.The name you choose will be with them for a very very long time so take your time and have fun... Email me and let me know if you think of any unusual names to add to the list.......
I have been asked many times over the last few days how do I let the babies go ? Well, it is hard especially after I watch my girls lay the eggs then I incubate them very carefully and then I look after them once they have hatched. I love every single one of them and only let them go to the most amazing tortoise lovers who I know will care for them as much as I do. Over the years I have made so many friends and each year the list of grows ever longer.To all of you who read this ;you know who you are if you have one or more of my babies, THANKYOU for giving fabulous forever homes and I look forward to many more years of friendship !!
Hi everyone, just to update you on Lilly; she ate really well today so I am sure the sight in her one eye is good. She also had her first poo !! so tiny you could almost miss it ! More updates soon. look at the photo gallery I have put a photo of her on there ...
Let's talk baby books!! Over the years I have always said to tortoise owners especially the ones who buy hatchlings from me to keep a record of weight etc etc. Well , I came up with an idea a few years ago and it has gone mad!! I said why not buy a baby book because then you can add the first walk in the garden, the first taste of strawberry, the first bath !!!! and so on.Well it's been amazing. I have seen some fantastic baby books recently when my buyers have come to pick up their next baby. Fabulous pictures in the bath, sun bathing, weight ,length height etc. So , new buyers ,owners of tortoise's already go spoil yourself get a baby book and have some fun; You will always know in future where you have written down the latest weight etc.......
I thought I would talk about outdoor housing today. Firstly whilst you have a baby tortoise, it will live indoors in an open top tortoise table or I reccomend an indoor rabbit hutch which is light ; made of plastic so it is very easy to clean and has a metal mesh clip on lid that can be removed indoors but easily put on when you want your little one to spend time in the garden. They come with a tunnel area at one end which is useful as well because your tortoise will go into this at night.You can also have an out door run so you know where your tortoise is and you won,t lose it on the lawn! Trust me they can run. Year 4 is when they go into the garden from Spring to the early Winter .This is when they need a safe garden and by that I mean one that you know there are no holes where they can get into other peoples gardens ! You will need an outdoor home for them to use. Now, you could get a rabbit hutch which is wooden and can rot or I use large garden plastic boxes made by "Keter" or similar. I think they say its used for cushions. Anyway, put it somewhere in the garden that is safe and not in complete shade. Next cut a hole into the front and fix a wooden drop down door which you can close for the Winter. You can cover this with sticky back plastic to stop it getting too wet, I bought a roll from the pound shop.During the Summer this remains open so that the tortoise can get in and out when it feels like it . Put bark chippings on the floor inside and a little hay. Because it has a top opening lid it is easy to look inside at the tortoise and also it is easy to clean. This will be their home ,they will get used to it immediately and will come and go when they want. As Winter approaches they will come out less and less until finally they bed down for the winter; you then cover with hay , blow them a kiss, thank them for a lovely summer and wish them a lovely sleep !!! Fill with hay ,close the lid and the drop down door and leave them for the winter. You can check now and again if you want by just opening the top lid. When spring arrives you will hear them scratching, so take them out give them a warm bath wash their eyes and mouth and then put them back into their enclosure. So there you are, I have posted a picture of the outdoor plastic box housing so take a look .
More hatchlings arrived today, it is looking quite busy in the nursery!! They are all fine and will be off to new homes very soon. It's amazing, just a few hours after hatching they are off. In the wild they would have to go forage for food and water pretty quickly because of the intense heat. Obviously here they don't have to but it is inbred and the first thing they will do once hatched is go hide. It's so sweet, sometimes they will hide underneath the egg they have just left or go burrow somewhere .You have to careful with the underside of their shell for a couple of days or so as the umbilical area is closing and is soft but after that they are really hardy little things. These babies have had a little lettuce with mashed strawberry; just to get them going and to make sure they eat. The strawberry is good for the colour they love red and the lettuce (Not a staple diet) is good for fluid. They all ate some so I know they are fine.The next clutch of eggs due are Bertha's my Spur Thighed girl, most of these eggs are already booked out so here's hoping. Until they hatch you never know and it is a tense time. I will update when they hatch....
I have put a picture in the photo gallery of a hatchling emerging !! have a look if you look at a 50p piece it is smaller than that !!
Hi , if you go to the picture gallery you will see a picture of little lilly aka who only has one eye. she seems to be doing well, has eaten today so I am keeping my fingers crossed .