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#69319 Its Getting Cold..

Posted by wizzasmum on 04 October 2021 - 08:03 PM

Please stop digging him out! And stop bathing him.
You see, he needs energy to dig himself in the ground again and again every day.
It´s an old fairy tale that a tortoise has to have an empty colon for hibernation. With an empty colon it is much more probable that spring starts with problems, such as posthibernale Anorexie.
Perhaps your tortoise has already done what is necessary. And if not, he can excrete feces even in lower temperatures as long as he is not in a fridge.
One of my tortoises, a 11 year old male one, has already disappeared in the ground for hibernation. It is very early, yes, but last year, he disappeared at the same time. They are wild animals and they know what to do.

I don’t think anyone mentioned the colon, it’s the stomach that is best empty. They don’t need to eat prior to hibernation for energy as cold blooded animals don’t assimilate food in the way that warm blooded ones do.

#69318 Its Getting Cold..

Posted by wizzasmum on 04 October 2021 - 08:00 PM

Hi Everyone
Hope you are all well.
Its getting cold now and my tort is preparing himself for his winter hibernation.
He has stopped eating and I have bathed him for the last 5 days but he has not passed either wee or poo.
Hes still outside but beds down under his light in the day so I have to dig him up every morning to bath him.. I was hoping he would stay awake until the end of October but I don't think that will happen..

Hi Carol
The reason that U.K. torts are digging down is that the weather has changed so suddenly, rather than the usual decline. How long is it since he last ate? You might find that in the coming days he perks up again when better weather is due to return in the next few days. You don’t need to bathe him, but he does need to have water available. My own tortoises are slowing down now too, but I’m expecting them to maybe have a return to eating for a while. Whilst the stomach does need to be empty, it’s not a problem if a little faeces are left in the gut. On emergence from hibernation they will pass this slightly dryer faeces. Underground they stay well hydrated, just like wild ones. Hope this helps.

#69306 Not Really Suitable, But Part Of Nature

Posted by wizzasmum on 31 August 2021 - 07:33 PM

They will eat each other too when a death occurs. Tortoises are opportunistic feeders and will eat slugs, snails, cat and dog poop. Not the little vegetarians we are led to believe they are ;)

#69289 54 Today

Posted by wizzasmum on 27 June 2021 - 03:42 PM

Wow, that’s an interesting story Graham. I’m betting though, that although he was underweight, the natural life contributed to his smooth shell. He looks very much like my Sam (usually known as Sam the B) or naughty Sam by the children. My torts are spoiled too, but only in a torty way rather than the fate of so many. He’s actually a good weight for an adult male, many are around the 1kg mark. Well done Harry and of course Graham.

#69233 Available For Rehoming 11 Year Old Female Hermanni Boettgeri

Posted by wizzasmum on 26 March 2021 - 07:13 PM

Found a lovely naturalistic home in Buckingham :)

#69221 Harry's Awake

Posted by wizzasmum on 16 March 2021 - 05:43 PM

Yes the weather has been brilliant here today too. I think we can see an end to the horrible winter at last :)

#69219 Harry's Awake

Posted by wizzasmum on 16 March 2021 - 02:41 PM

I have 3 come up today. Predictably the greenhouse ones, not the ones in garage hibernaculum, just proving how nature is best. Clever little monsters :)Attached File  8C824DC3-4081-4C45-AB67-482845813225.jpeg   94.56KB   0 downloadsAttached File  A18A008E-AAF7-4B54-9918-34027C340E02.jpeg   91.69KB   0 downloads

#69194 Not Long Now

Posted by wizzasmum on 08 February 2021 - 09:58 AM

Let’s hope so Graham and Harry, she says through the folds of dressing gown, while switching heating back on. It will be so good to see those little faces emerge once more. Let’s hope it’s a good year for our little ones. I should have some baby Carex grasses for tortoise shelters if anyone is interested. If so, PM me your address and I will send some :)

#69118 Lots Of Sleeping, No Eating.

Posted by wizzasmum on 20 December 2019 - 10:39 AM

Sorry for the late reply, it's a busy time of year, how old is big Dave, have you checked the basking temperature to make sure that's high enough, also does the area have plenty of light where he is, at this time of year it's natural for them to be in hibernation and they sense the difference in the weather and temperature and it can be hard to keep them going through winter.
If your not planning on hibernating him, then yes wake him up on a regular basis, maybe try and give him a soak and offer food, then just keep an eye so he has good basking and ambient temperatures. x  :)

Also, in addition to Karen’s excellent advice, be aware that he can’t hibernate at room temps. If you’re going to hibernate him, it needs to be done properly at controlled temps of around 3-7 degrees ;)

#69064 Tank's Coming In!

Posted by wizzasmum on 23 September 2019 - 11:33 PM

They’re looking so good Sabina, you should be proud of yourself :)

#69051 Tank's Coming In!

Posted by wizzasmum on 20 September 2019 - 09:29 AM

I’m keeping mine going as long as possible, but despite the good weather theyre not eating much. They know it’s that time of year. Wish I could hibernate through winter like my shelled friends.

#69029 Limestone Flour

Posted by wizzasmum on 15 September 2019 - 11:32 PM

Here it is Sabina :) http://www.molevalle.../go?w=Limestone

#69028 Limestone Flour

Posted by wizzasmum on 15 September 2019 - 11:25 PM

Yes, it’s fine Sabina if you only need 1kg, but very often farm supplies will sell 10 or 20 kg for not a lot more. I will try to find the one I bought, but it was a long time ago now :)

#69002 Carrot Top

Posted by wizzasmum on 27 August 2019 - 10:39 PM

Thank you. Have referred to the link. Very interesting.

No, carrot tops are not suitable ;)

#68996 Scales Fell Off Head

Posted by wizzasmum on 25 August 2019 - 09:06 PM

Tortoises walking around houses, so often get hurt, thats why its recommended that they are kept outdoors in the habitats in summer and in safe indoor habitats or in hibernation over winter. If its fallen from a height, its very possibly received the injury then. Does it have deep soil to dig into?