Shelley is a Hermannís
tortoise, Testudo hermanni boettgeri, and was born in about 1940. Hermann's
tortoises come from Yugoslavia, Albania, Romania and Greece. There is
a much smaller race which is only found in Spain, France and Italy but
is much rarer and was hardly ever imported into Britain.
She is very active and loves walking round our garden all day when it
On Sunday 6th October 2019 we couldn't find her in the garden to bring
her in for the night and spent quite a long time hunting for her. She
had hidden herself away and on picking her up was found to have a fly
strike (Myiasis) on her right rear leg. Somehow she had injured herself
between her leg and her shell, the area was now full of tiny maggots!
The wound was cleaned of the maggots with dilute hibiscrub that evening,
she was then taken to Laurels
Veterinary Centre, who
specialise in tortoises, the next morning.
She had to be operated on as the injury was found to go deep under her
shell and then kept in for eight days. When she came home we had to bath
her every day, clean the wound with dilute hibiscrub and then treat the
wound with Intasite Gel. This was carried on for two weeks, after which
we started using Flamazine Cream (Silver Sulfaiazine) instead of the Intasite
Unfortunately, because of her injury we have been advised not to hibernate
her this year.
Please visit our page on hibernation for
useful information on using a refrigerator for safer more controlled hibernation.
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