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Old 21-03-2011, 01:04 AM
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The misses got her 2 year old Hermann on friday, I've never classed myself as a reptile person but i seem to be warming to Olive, whom will eventually become my responsibility so I thought it would be wise to find out the basics.

This is Olive and her enclosure, please feel free to pass comment:





As you can see in the pics olive has a bedroom per se, I made this because we were told that she needs somewhere to hide. Over the weekend Olive has emerged at around 11am and gone back to bed at around 4pm, whilst active she tends to do laps of the lit portion of the enclosure with the occasional pit-stop under the the light or wood thing, i presume this is normal.

I would like to know about lighting predominately, as it stands if she's active the spot light and UVB bulb is on. I have been maintaining ~35°C at shell level at the basking stone, and ~20°C everywhere else during the day. This has been fine over the weekend but during the week i'll have to put it on a timer although I'm not sure when and how long to set the timer for, any suggestions?

Food - The misses has been trying to treat her with grapes, strawberries and broccoli but I've tried to make sure there are always leaves available, as I can't see tortoises being treated to such a buffet in the wild. What are the ideal food proportions?

Please feel free to suggest anything that you think we may not of thought of.

Thanks in advance for any replies.

James

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Better enclosure pics:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2247444/Tort/DSC00857.JPG
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2247444/Tort/DSC00856.JPG

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Old 21-03-2011, 01:16 AM
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Olive looks to have a palace although she might prefer top soil for substrate.
The temps sound ok, I am for 32 at my top end. Food tell mrs that treats once aweek and then no more! Half a grape is enough, mine don't even get that!
Feed lots of weeds and flowers. At the moment dandelion, sowthistle, speedwell dead nettle pansy are all abot and edible. Olive is lovely, I am sure she will be very happy!
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Old 21-03-2011, 01:19 AM
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Hi there and welcome,firstly grapes,strawberry and brocolli are no good for your tortoise.What you need to be feeding her on are weeds and as many different ones as possible (make sure they are edible though and not poisonous) you can also feed supermarket mixed salad leaves ( florette ) once a week or maybe twice.

Is that u.v tube actualy on the top of the enclosure?
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Old 21-03-2011, 01:25 AM
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The UV bulb is fixed to the top of the 'bedroom' although when the Tortoise is out and about we've been turning the wood over so the UV bulb sits inside the main area. It's a temporary measure until i can get the bits to fix it along the same wall as the spot light, do you think that will be okay?

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Old 21-03-2011, 01:29 AM
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That will be o.k if it is just a short temperary measure.What % u.v is it? It needs to be 12 inches above the tortoises shell when you do fit it in.
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Old 21-03-2011, 01:32 AM
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It's a Repti-Glo 5.0 25W, I assume that means it's 5%.
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Old 21-03-2011, 01:36 AM
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Yes that's 5% and not really strong enough for your kind of tortoise a 10% or 12% would be better but then you will need a different starter too if you swap.It will be o.k for a short while,try to put her out when it's a nice warm sunny day to get some sun.If you only just bought the u.v tube and starter maybe you could go back and swap it?
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Old 21-03-2011, 01:49 AM
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Would a Repti-Glo 10.0 75cm 25W do the job, the controller we have can handle up to 30W at up to 90cm's so it should just be the bulb. I wasn't there when the misses bought everything, i'm guessing they just sold her what they wanted to get rid of, they sold her a 40W spot too which i've had change for a 60W.

Thanks for your advise, I appreciate it
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Old 21-03-2011, 01:52 AM
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Yes a reptiglo 10 would be fine.Put at 12 to 15 inches height and you are very welcome,we like to help people to do the best for their animals.Also a reflector would be a good idea for the u.v.
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Old 21-03-2011, 02:37 AM
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Lucky Olive. Make sure she can escape to a much lower heat if she wants for a sleep.
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