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#1 Sheldon Jorge

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Posted 29 August 2014 - 08:43 PM

As a new Hermann Tortoise owner I was wondering if you should keep the heat lamp on at night? I am unsure and any response would be very much appreciated x

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Posted 30 August 2014 - 02:44 AM

Hi Sheldon Jorge, welcome to the forum. :)

You don't need any extra heat at night so all lamps need to be off, tortoises need a drop in temperature over night as this will encourage him to dig down into the substrate, the back ground heat in your house will be enough even on cooler nights. :)  



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Posted 30 August 2014 - 08:36 AM

Always try to think of what they would have in nature. No sun at night and as a result, lower temps :)



#4 Tilly_tortoise_123

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Posted 29 December 2014 - 10:53 PM

My timer is set for 10 hours a day so it comes on at 9am and turns off at 7.

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Posted 30 December 2014 - 12:44 AM

Most torts dig down around 4pm given to up temps, so if yours foes this, then switch off the lamps earlier to correspond with natural light levels.

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Posted 30 December 2014 - 11:20 AM

hi,
I would set the timer to around 7am -5pm as Sue said they will naturally dig down around 4ish wether outside or indoors
Regards matt

#7 Tilly_tortoise_123

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Posted 30 December 2014 - 11:25 AM

Thank you, I'll try this.




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