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#1 Janna

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 06:46 PM

Ben my 45 year old spur thighed came out from his fridge hibernation today.  

 

He woke up in the house,  has had a bath and I put him in his outdoor enclosure under the heat lamp at about 12am.  He is still there.  Usually he puts himself to bed (additional enclosed area with soil to dig down in) about 5pm.

 

Shall I leave his light on all night, or bring him in the house and make up something for him inside?

 

Usually he just goes straight back to his normal routine when he wakes up, so this has thrown me. 



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Posted 30 March 2018 - 07:20 PM

Maybe it’s all happening a bit fast for him. I usually leave mine overnight in hibernation box or area and then let them wake slowly. Don’t leave the lights on overnight, but bring him inside to a cool room until morning. It’s still far too cold in UK at the moment for him to go back outside. I’d rig him an indoor area up until the weather improves. What frost protection does he have outdoors?

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 08:41 PM

Thank you so much Sue.  Have brought him back in, will make him an area in the utility room.

He has a double glazed enclosure outside, heat lamp on in the day and a within the doubled glazed area there is a dog kennel with a bottom dug down into the ground with about 2ft of topsoil so he can dig down.



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Posted 30 March 2018 - 10:17 PM

I’m thinking it’s just too cold at the moment Janna. He can sense it’s still hibernation time even though usually he would have been about at the end of March. This year has upset a lot of tortoises. Offer him food in the day and if he’s not eating in a week or so, get him checked over at a specialist vet. I’m thinking he will be fine though, mine are acting similar. Your setup sounds fine though for when the temps rise :)

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Posted 31 March 2018 - 04:26 PM

Thank you so much Sue. 

 

Ben has spent the day under his lamp outside.  He ran to the door as soon as he saw me this afternoon, ate some plantain, teasel, archangel and a dandelion flower and chased my new boots round the garden getting very amorous! Just given his a bath and put him in his cordoned off area of the utility with my boot! Hopefully that will keep him occupied over night.

 

So lovely to have him back.



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Posted 31 March 2018 - 07:09 PM

:) My biggest one, Hermann (very rare name, hahaha) woke up today. He has been in Germany at least since 1960. 

 

I wanted to include a photo, but I can´t find, how to do it, although I have already uploaded a photo in another thread.



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Posted 06 April 2018 - 07:19 PM

Today, I went out to my tortoises with my list, and I realized that ALL animals are already awake. In the past days I saw some dirty and some clean carapaxes appear every day, but I cannot remember that there was not one "the missing one" or "the last one" in all those years. I cleaned each tortoise and so I could identify even those who look quite equal. They are all on top form. After cleaning I offered a bath. Some enjoyed, some didn´t like it. The latter, I put in the enclosure at once. A lot of herbs are already growing, but only with small leaves. So I hesitated.... Should I close some parts, so that the plants have a chance to get bigger? Or should I allow all tortoises to go everywhere? I chose the last possibility. But now it doesn´t look that good with all the shortened herbs :(

Nevertheless I am very happy to have them all back!

 

I still don´t know why I can´t find any more the possibility to upload a photo.



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Posted 06 April 2018 - 08:29 PM

Glad they are all back German Lady. Personally Id protect those herbs, but guess its too late now. To upload a photo, look for a sign that says more reply options. This gives you the option to add a photo, like this

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