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Re: Leopard Tortoises Do's and Don'ts

I wish I was as spoiled as this tortoise!! Couple of items: 1) His house should basically just be a cover, open on 1 side, under which he can hide. It need not be much higher than the tortoise itself plus 5 centimeters, with width and depth about twice the length of the tortoise length. (The 5 cm is...
by Mellivora
Sat Jan 30, 2016 1:12 am
Forum: Exotic chelonians and crocodilians
Topic: Leopard Tortoises Do's and Don'ts
Replies: 9
Views: 2911

Re: Etiquette, Legalities and Science

Just an interesting aside. I do not have a catch and release permit - too much red tape courses to attend and expense to renew annually. A couple of years ago when I applied to renew my permit to keep indigenous snakes and tortoises two ladies from nature conservation for the first time paid me a vi...
by Mellivora
Sat Nov 15, 2014 3:53 pm
Forum: Northern Cape
Topic: Etiquette, Legalities and Science
Replies: 11
Views: 1409

Re: Snakes and snakebites share:

I like the bit about going to the closest emergency room. Many years ago on a Saturday afternoon I was bitten by a puffy - part of my own collection. Had my own anti venom but decided that it would be a bit difficult to apply to my right hand where the bite was and seeing as the local hospital (smal...
by Mellivora
Sat Nov 15, 2014 3:33 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Snakes and snakebites share:
Replies: 12
Views: 1437

Re: Tortoise eggs


1) Do you leave the eggs undisturbed or do you place them in an incubator?
2) What is the minimum nighttime temperature where you stay?
3) What type of soil do you have - sand clay stony?
by Mellivora
Sat Nov 15, 2014 3:11 pm
Forum: Indigenous chelonians and crocodilians
Topic: Tortoise eggs
Replies: 11
Views: 7174

Re: Please help guys.....

Just a couple of thoughts from an old hand. DISEASES If you clean your cages regularly and replace the substrate you should not have problems with diseases. Just remember to quarantine any new additions and to treat them against mites. If you feed live rats or mice you may still succeed in introduci...
by Mellivora
Sun May 11, 2014 3:59 pm
Forum: Corn snakes (Pantherophis (Elaphe) guttata)
Topic: Please help guys.....
Replies: 14
Views: 1351

Re: Psychology and snakes???

Couple of challenges here;

There are not that many snakebite victims
Most of them are careless herpetologists
The latter requires psychological counselling prior to being bitten !!

From someone that did spend a week in hospital ............... many years ago
by Mellivora
Tue Aug 05, 2008 12:51 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Psychology and snakes???
Replies: 9
Views: 787

'oh you so lucky! and here iv been studyin and writing papers for 4 days straight'

Always thought iv = intravenous

by Mellivora
Thu Jun 26, 2008 2:40 pm
Forum: Forum announcements
Topic: Forum announcement:- Posting quality.
Replies: 34
Views: 17326

On the subject of redlips - approximately six weeks ago nature conservation paid me an arranged visit to 'verify' my permit application. We spent about 15 minutes outside to inspect my tortoise enclosure and on returning to the house (20 meters) encountered in the space of a couple of minutes a snou...
by Mellivora
Fri Jun 06, 2008 9:51 am
Forum: Gauteng
Topic: What snake is this? [C. hotamboeia]
Replies: 35
Views: 5235

Any one interested I have a fair number of captive bred hatchlings available - no colour morphs but some pattern variations likely.

PM me if you want more info.
by Mellivora
Thu Mar 13, 2008 4:06 pm
Forum: Brown house snakes (Lamprophis (Boaedon) capensis)
Topic: Brown House Snakes [permits]
Replies: 5
Views: 1159

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