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As it says...can any one ID them?
Had them about 18 months now, they were given to us as hatchlings and were a little bigger than £2 coin. They are now the size of the palm of my hand.

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Why did the person you got them from not tell you? if you don't me asking!!:smile:
They were given to us by customs at the airport. They didn't know anything about them or even which flight they came in on!, just that someone had been stopped carrying them!
 

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Hi,:smile:

Oh, how sad!! sounds like they were wild caught!

Are you you enjoying having them, i've got hermanns and i can't stop watching them, they are so much fun!:)

If you didn't know what they were, that must of been hard working out how to take care of them!! Thank god for the internet info at the finger tips!!
 

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yeah same, i dont think they are hermanns
 

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Thanks everyone so far.

Ok, I'm pretty sure they arn't hermans as when we first got them we took them to a specialist vets to get them checked out, he told us that they were to small to ID at the time but he was sure they wern't a species of tortoise that you see normally for sale in the UK.

Heres the underside of them both:



 

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100% male and female and do look tunisian. I have just been to look at my group and they do look like yours.
How heavy are they?
How long (shell underneath)?

They do need papers so must never be sold on, they are so so delicate can come down with runny nose at the drop of a hat. No more should be introduced to these guys else problems occur.
They must only be put outside on really hot days.
 

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They do need papers so must never be sold on
We have cities papers for them, we recieve alot of animals in the same way. But we never plan on selling any of the animals anyway we are given.

I will go weigh and measure them a little later on. They don't go outside, we have a special area for them.

Looked up tunisian tortoise (Furculachelys nabeulensis) and they look pretty much the same. :)
 

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What does it say on the papers?
It is important for them to go outside to get natural UVB and plus they love it.
 

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Look like ibera to me - definately not hermanns. Sack the vet, he obviously has no idea. He should also have told you they were growing way too fast. This is why the nuchal scutes have gone off at an angle and are not pointing forward over the head as intended. These torts should weigh something in the region of 60 - 100 grams now but judging by what you say probably weigh at least four times that, which means there could be problems going on internally. I wonder what speices of tortoise your vet thinks is usually imported!
 

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they look a bit pink underneath,is that not the start of septacemia<sp>???
 

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Lovely tortoises !!

However, if I may be so bold ..... the substrate appears incorrect, also those nails need sorting too, they are a real worry, ouch!! This species need to be on a really dry, sandy substrate. They actually live in sand dunes in the wild. They'll get shell rot on regular soil in the UK.

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This was an old picture when we first put the enclosures up, the nails have been sorted lol
As stated they are only outside on really hot days which it was on that day. Inside they are on 2 foot of top soil and a layer of hemp kept very dry
I do not use sand as it causes gut impaction now that is nasty.
 
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