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Trying To Hibernate Already?!

13 September 2018 - 07:03 PM

I'm having a mild panic!
I just went to check on my tortoise this evening as I always do and I couldn't find her.... When I eventually did I found that she had buried herself in the soil, Completely covered,
Is she trying to hibernate?! I know the temp got a little low last night but still not below 8 degrees, plus this morning I woke her with a bath, she's been fed and she basked in the sun all day....
I'm really worried 🤪
Do you have any advice at all?

Rain In The Outdoor Enclosures?

15 August 2018 - 02:26 PM

Hi all,


My little one is absolutely loving life outdoors, i've found she's so much more active and alert, just one question though - what do you do when it rains? I've been covering up the wooden shelter she sleeps in at night with plastic sheeting, so that no rain gets inside,this is elevated on bricks too. 

but the soil outside is currently soaked from all the rain, she still comes outside in the day for food and a wander, but i'm worried about shell rot if the wet soil is sticking to her. There are holes in the bottom so the rain water does soak through and out. 


What does everyone else do? Currently I've not been putting the light on for her as temps have been relatively warm, was going to wait until it dropped to 10 degrees or below as have read other comments on here. 


Thanks all,


Living Outdoors Permantly - Eek!

18 April 2018 - 11:53 AM

Hi all,

I am looking to move Queenie outside more permanently this year. i've been wanting to do this for some time but always been quite nervous, but i understand how important it is for her.


Shes 8 years old and had her first successful hibernation at the end of last year. Normally in the summer months i have been putting her outside in her enclosure, but then bringing her in once the sun goes down back into her indoor enclosure. I know this isnt ideal as it doesn't help to regulate her body temperate, hence the need to get her outside full time.


I have some questions i was hoping you could help with, I've read a few of the other comments on here but just wanted clarity please. 

i have an outdoor enclosure, it has a mixture of top soil and soil that i buy from Pets At Home, there is a large water bowl for her to drink out of daily and it has a chicken wire cover over it to stop predators.

i am going to buy a wooden rabbit hide house for her to go into in the evening, once the sun sets.

  • Do i need extra heating / light for her overnight? if so can you recommend anything please. 
  • On days that the weather is unpredictable (rain etc) is it still ok to leave her outside? Can she still stay out overnight? what sort of temps should i be looking at bringing her inside?

Currently when indoors Queenie has a Megaray bulb, attached to a clamp, which i put on in the morning & turn off when the sun sets, would this work outdoors or do i need something in particular?


sorry for the long post, anything you can do to help will be much appreciated!





Egg Shells?

01 April 2018 - 11:47 AM

Hi all,

i read somewhere recently about feeding your tortoise Egg Shells as an extra means of calcium, is this suitable? 

Queenie is always reluctant to eat a Cuttlefish bone (it just sits there for weeks uneaten), i sprinkle limestone flour onto her food every couple of days, but wondering if the egg shell trick might work too?

if so are chicken eggs suitable? Do they just go into the oven to be sterilised and then crushed down into her food?




Are Any Of These Edible?

12 February 2018 - 01:03 PM

Hi all,


Can anyone tell me if any of these are edible for Queenie please? They have grown out of nowhere in the last week or so.