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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 is warm.
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 Gel.
Unfortunately, because of her injury we have been advised not to hibernate her this year.




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