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  1. stigrk

    Can Torts Hear?

    Seriously, you should read that paper, it is interesting. Here is a small sample from the Results and Discussion section: »Tortoise keepers have again and again been reporting that their tortoises came running from their outdoor enclosures when they played the piano. Studying the overview of...
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    Can Torts Hear?

    And it is the same I posted 😉
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    Can Torts Hear?

    You should first read the articles you link to, this one contradicts you 😂
  4. stigrk

    Can Torts Hear?

    Old thread, but this seems to be the newest on this topic so I will wake it up :) This topic seems to pop up both here and on various tortoise facebook groups etc and it seems people cannot agree on what/if tortoises can hear. I came upon this research article just now (it is from 2013 though...
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    My tortie isn't walking right...

    You do not see rats unless there is a huge over population. That you think there is no rats because you havent seen them just demonstrates your inexperience. Mind you, I am not saying your tortoise was gnawed by rats, but your statement about no rats because you have not seen them is ludicrous...
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    Nearly ready to adopt!

    Knowledge about tortoise care has grown a lot the last few decades. Be careful of trusting what you read in books, it is usually outdated and quite often plain wrong.
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    Testudo Hermanni Boettgeri owners in Norway says hello!

    Hello! From another Testudo Hermanni Boettgeri owner in Norway :) -- Stig
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    Fungus Gnat Control

    We have an 11 month old Herman and we had horrible problems with fungus gnats a couple of months back. We used a product called gnatrol which is based on the bacteria you mentioned earlier and in combination with the yellow butterfly shaped sticky traps. The sticky traps gets a lot of the...
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    I want a tortoise but it seems too difficult

    Disclaimer: This is not my tortoise and I would have provided more care (heat lamp, monitored brumation in a small fridge etc). That said, this one: Has been living outdoors in Norway for over 50 years, brumating every winter by digging itself down when it feels the time is right and comes...
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    No wifi cams?

    Because that would make the camera incredible expensive and to talk with a statellite with bandwidth enough to transfer live video you need a sizeable external antenna as well. WiFi chips are «a dime a dusin» and almost everyone has WiFi these days, makes choice easy for the manufacturers, you...
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    Worried Mom - tort not eating, lethargic

    I am in no way any expert but my little one is shorter than yours, about 9 months, exactly two inches and now weighs 35 grams. He eats and poops every day and gets daily soaks, he also uses the water dish by himself once in a while. If yours is two and a quarter inches and weigh 22 grams I...
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    New thermo-hygrometer

    You can do the "salt test" on your hygrometers to get an indication on their accuracy.
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    A good company name should be: * Relevant to your business idea * Easy to remember * Unique/original so you do not get confused with some other business "Turtle Journal" was not bad but it sounds more like some magazine/publication about turtles than somewhere to buy supplies. I think the...
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    DIY Enclosure - Request for constructive critique and ideas

    Thanks for the explanation, that sounds perfectly plausible. My tortoise eats from a food dish - but I do notice that sometimes it makes a mess and then parts of the food can get outside the dish on the substrate. I will endeavor to keep the substrate free from sand. Perhaps have something...
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    DIY Enclosure - Request for constructive critique and ideas

    I do not have an exact measurement but perhaps 25% or thereabout. The soil does not feel very sandy when you touch it to put it that way. I will plan for replacing the substrate with something without sand in it. When that is said, this sounds quite strange to me, the mediterranean countries...
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    DIY Enclosure - Request for constructive critique and ideas

    Thanks! I have a humidity sensor in the enclosure. And your correct it dries up during the day, hence I have to mist a couple of times per day. I think I will do the plexiglass thing to better keep the humidity inside. Pots for the larger plants sounds like a good idea!
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    DIY Enclosure - Request for constructive critique and ideas

    Thanks! :) If you look closely you will notice cracks and imperfections a professional would never have done. But since I am a complete amateur builder I am quite happy with the result. Thanks! Software engineer, not architecture :) and no formal design education. Yes, I think you are...
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    DIY Enclosure - Request for constructive critique and ideas

    Hello TortoiseForum, I am a new member and also a new tortoise owner. My tortoise is an Eastern Herman I got about 4 weeks ago, the previous caretaker and the CITES papers claims it is about half a year old. Since this forum seems mostly american I will use imperial units in the post...