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Hi everyone, just to let you know Lilly has settled in really well already and is very happy in her new home. She is being very loved and I am so happy. If you look on the photo gallery on the home page you will see her saying goodbye to her Mummy just before she left on an exciting adventure with her new Mummy !!....
Well, I had a good old cry today because little Lilly went off to her new home. She had lunch first and then a bath so that she was ready to go !! I know she is going to be sooo loved by her new Mummy and Daddy !! She will have the best life possible. I will be getting regular updates and photo's so I will let you all know how she gets on.... Oh! ! do love a happy ending......
After much soul searching I have decided to let little Lilly go to a forever home as I don't want her to be lonely. If Gertie's eggs had hatched I would have kept her but as this was not to be she is going to a wonderful friend who already has tortosies. I will get daily updates probably so will let you all know how she settles in and gets on. I couldn't wish for her to go to a more loving and caring home.....Thankyou to all those of you who emailed me about Lilly offering her a loving home.....
I have been asked about what enemies or predetors tortoises have ? Well, my answer is only humans and that is only occassionaly thank goodness ! In all the years I have kept and bred them I have NEVER had a problem with dogs ,cats, foxes , badgers or birds. Now ,after what happened to my friend recently with Daisy I am not saying it can never happen; so one must always make sure of any animals owned that will be around your tortoise. Daisy as I said was not killed ,the dog merely wanted to play. This brings me to the garden, I have large pens for the boys and girls and they also come out to play in the main garden area. I have chickens (Free range) who use the same garden area and they all live happily together. Since I moved and now have nearly 3/4 of an acre I thought I would see alot of foxes. I have seen some and obviously they want my chickens so THE BEST thing to do is get the men in your household to wee around the perimeter of your land/garden !!! Now if you have neighbours I suggest they do it in jug and then pour it carefully around the edge of your garden. I promise you it works; I have watched foxes coming to my land on the night vision cameras and suddenly they stop dead and will not come any further . It is like having a male human standing there so they won't come into that space. It also works with cats as well. You must redo it though every couple of weeks because the rain will wash the scent away. I also put little bags of my dogs poo into a ditch area I have and they won't cross that either. Try it and let me know. Remember, if you are over looked in your garden, in a jug please I don't want to be blamed for any arrests !!!!!
I have been asked a few times about bathing your tortoise so I thought I would tell you what I do. The babies can be bathed once the umbilical area has sealed completely.This can take a few days and it is a good idea to leave it at least a week to ten days.If not sealed completely bacteria can get in. You can put them in any shallow dish or bowl . Put enough warm water in so that they can still get their head above the water.The first thing they will do if thirsty is drink; they will put their whole head under the water for as long as they drink so don't worry because sometimes it is quite a little while. Then you change the water and usually they will then wee and poo and sometimes pass the uric acid (White chalky stuff) this is natural and necessary as otherwise they could get a kidney stone. You can also brush their shell very gently with a baby toothbrush if dirty.Once all this has been done you can dry them carefully, check their eyes etc . and put them under the lamp area to warm up........The older tortoise is basically the same other than you can do this in the kitchen sink! or in the garden in plastic bowls etc.Use warm water the same as you would for the babies. You can also brush their shells with a normal toothbrush. The older tortoises love it just as much as the babies. You can bath the babies every day but only for a few minutes no more than about 3-5, every other day is fine too. What this does is to keep them and their carapaces hydrated.It also lets you spend time with them and they get used to being handled and touched. If you touch your nail on your finger that is the same as they feel on their shell. The older tortoise can sit in the water for alot longer but they will normally do the same thing, drink, wee and poo.....and pass the uric acid.You will find some just wallow and others just want to get out...thats fine, some of us like baths where others like showers!!!! Have fun..
Hi everyone. Well, I don't know where you all live but here yesterday we had some rain and it was so light at first the torties all had a lovely shower and then put their heads in various places to catch the rain. By that I mean they put them up against the fence to catch the rain coming down. Some put their heads on the grass at an angle to catch it and a few just stood with their mouths open to catch some!! It was a wonderful sight and it's wonderful to think they know instinctively what to do. In the wild where they all originate from rain is rare and not an every day occurence, so when it does rain they have to make the most of it. I think it is amazing that some of mine who are 70, 80 and 130 years old that have had a regular supply of water to drink still do what is inbred.....
Just to let you know, Lilly is doing really well . She is eating with no problems at all so I think she will do just fine! Thankyou to all those of you wishing to buy her, I will give it some thought although I have become very attatched to her already.......
DEFINITIONS OF A TORTOISE KEEPER !!
Owner, custodian, guardian, caretaker, protector, watchman, watchwoman, overseer, warden, defender, shielder, gamekeeper, keeper......Infatuated, nutty, wonderful, thoughtful, kind, loving, caring, soppy, in love, besotted, happy, compassionate, affectionate, selfless,warm,giving, attatched, protective, tender.......So, if you have a tortoise you are ARE ALL of these things !!!