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Postby gash » Sat Feb 28, 2015 8:13 pm

Meet Shelby, my 8wk old Horsefield - A present from my wife for Valentines Day.




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Re: Shelby

Postby Tracy33 » Tue Mar 03, 2015 1:10 am

Hello Gash .
Shelby looks like a lovely tortoise . :)
Although , tortoise's should be in a open top tortoise table with 50 50 topsoil and play sand for the substrate . I see you have your tort in a vivarum , this is not a good idea for the tortoise .
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Re: Shelby

Postby Bigjoe » Tue Mar 03, 2015 1:37 am

Hi Gash
Welcome to the Tortoise Trust forum,everything you need here for the best care for your little fella and he sure does look like a lovely little Horsfield ,I did see in your 1st post you asked about vets in the Yorkshire area.? have you any concerns with your new Tortoise ?,if you have please ask I'm sure you will be pointed in the right direction.
Absolutely agree with Tracy re vivarium set-ups,please take a look at the links below
And sit back relax and have a good read with the below link..excellent info
Please if you need any advice just ask,there is some very experienced keepers here always ready to help.
No question is ever a dumb question.
Again welcome to the forum ..your gonna have your hands full with this little one..I have two..
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Re: Shelby

Postby Tortoise Trust » Tue Mar 03, 2015 9:01 am

A Habitat for Horsfield's..... ... bitat.html

There is already quite a lot of excess growth visible, and that will only get worse unless both diet and environment are correct. The consequences can be devastating, and ultimately lethal.

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Re: Shelby

Postby Avatar » Wed Mar 04, 2015 2:04 pm

Hi Gash,
Nice to meet Shelby. Shelby is really a lovely tortoise :)
It seems the substrate used is corn cob? If yes, then it would be a good idea to change it to 50 50 topsoil and play sand. Shelby will say a big thank you to you as corn cob is not an ideal bedding for tortoises. You can google "corn cob reptile impaction" and will find it can cause gut impaction when accidentally ingested...
And you can find lots of healthy plants for tortoises in Tortoise Table, not just lettuce :D ... home_1.asp

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