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Old 16-02-2017, 03:23 PM
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I recently purchased a 3 month old Horsfield tort, My main question is how long will she take to settle in? she seems to be in her shall all the time. stressing me out!
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I recently purchased a 3 month old Horsfield tort, My main question is how long will she take to settle in? she seems to be in her shall all the time. stressing me out!
It depends on how you are keeping and handling it. If a pet shop tortoise then it's likely to be an import, so will have been subjected to a lot of stress and will take longer to acclimatise. If home bred, should settle in very quickly if given deep substrate to burrow into, fed on natural food and not handled too much. You say 'she', but at three months it could be either.
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Old 16-02-2017, 07:08 PM
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Hi. She was bred in the U.K. I say she because it's better then being an 'it'. She is in a table top with the coco soil. I'm not handling. Just stressing because she's not eaten yet. I'm offering leafy salad.
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Hi. She was bred in the U.K. I say she because it's better then being an 'it'. She is in a table top with the coco soil. I'm not handling. Just stressing because she's not eaten yet. I'm offering leafy salad.
What are your temperatures, humidity, substrate, lighting etc? This is a bad time of year, particularly for horsfields and most breeders won't sell such a small baby at this time of year for this reason. They are highly geared to hibernate, so it's important that temps and habitat are spot on, with high light levels to attempt to stop hibernation.
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Old 17-02-2017, 04:03 PM
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As I said she is on coco soil. About 10 cms deep. 30c in the heated end.
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As I said she is on coco soil. About 10 cms deep. 30c in the heated end.
Is it very dry or watered? If dry and they eat it it will swell, causing problems. Try upping to 32, but make sure this heat is just one end. What does she weigh. At this age it would normally be 20-25 grams. Just trying to get a picture
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Old 17-02-2017, 06:21 PM
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Hello. She weighs 22 grams. It's moist underneath. Should I add more water?
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Hello. She weighs 22 grams. It's moist underneath. Should I add more water?
No, just keep it damp on the base. Get her out to feed each day and then leave well alone. It's early days and she's incredibly young. Have you contacted the breeder re your problem?
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Old 18-02-2017, 10:21 AM
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Hi. I didn't realise it was a problem her hiding? I just wanted to see how long it takes for them to accept the new surroundings. She ate a little last night. I have raised the temp in the hot end. The lights are on for 12 hours a day. I have. It been handling other then to get her to fed and bath.
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Old 18-02-2017, 10:23 AM
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This is her last night
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