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Indoors or outdoors?
Posted: 05/10/2015 by

Dear Forum

This is my first year with my tortoises that I rehomed through you earlier this year.   They are 6 year old Hermanns and seem very well and settled.  We love them a lot.

They have a large outdoor enclosure with a access to a shed with a heat lamp and UV lamp.   In the last couple of weeks they have started to bury themselves outside.  I pick them up and put them back in the shed for the night but it seems they are winding themselves down.  This seems very early to me as I anticipated trying to hibernate them in December.   I'm wondering if I should bring them indoors (I also have an indoor enclosure) now until they are ready to hibernate?   This evening I was upset to find one of the girls buried in soil that had become mud with torrential rain.  I cleaned her up and put her back in the shed and she is OK, but I am getting increasingly worried that it is getting colder and perhaps they are best moving indoors.

Any advice most gratefully received.  



Re: Indoors or outdoors?
Posted: 06/10/2015 by Tom

Hello Isy,

Yes they are winding down, leave them in the shed to do this. No heating.
Digging down is natural, though it's a bit early, hibe' is usually mid to end of Oct., depending on the season.

'Mud pies' are normal if they submerge, they like moist/wet soil to hibe' in, assuming they are herms or spurs. Last night was 13C in Northants, far too warm to hibe..

Best wishes,

Re: Indoors or outdoors?
Posted: 08/10/2015 by

Thanks Tom.  I'll turn off the lamps then and leave them to settle down.   Presumably I need to check their weight on the ratio chart too?




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