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#1 10martinh

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Posted 20 November 2015 - 06:16 PM

Any recommendations for a quality night-time heat lamp? 



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Posted 20 November 2015 - 06:36 PM

Indoors you should never use heat at night. In the Med, which is where your tortoise is from, ground level temps overnight are far lower than the average house, even in summer. A drop in temperature overnight is very important as they dig into the substrate which encourages good smooth shell growth. Providing heat overnight, prevents natural behaviour such as digging down and causes dehydration and pyramided shells. Always make sure that the substrate is damp below ground overnight too ;)

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Posted 20 November 2015 - 06:45 PM

Thanks! Guess I won't buy one then! :)



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Posted 25 November 2015 - 08:40 AM

Maybe she was thinking about out door kennel?? Frost heater to keep temp above 5° early and later in year?
Edit.... Yes sorry, higher than 12°???

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Posted 25 November 2015 - 12:00 PM

Maybe, but either way outdoor heating mustn't drop to 5 degrees in outdoor hides as this is hibernating temps Apologies to op if I misread this post.

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Posted 25 November 2015 - 02:04 PM

Just thought I'd clarify cos I misunderstood night time temps when I 1st got mine, someone said no heat at night referring to indoors which of course is warmer than outside. Sue, Can you clarify what lowest temp at night should be for us.please. Some conservatories/utilities can be very cold at this time of year.

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Posted 26 November 2015 - 09:48 AM

To be honest, I would not leave mine outdoors on wind down, they are always in an area where they have room to choose their temps, which are reduced gradually over the wind down period. They hibernate in this area too, which is then kept on a stat to ensure it drops to no lower than 3 degrees but 5 degrees is optimum for hibernation. I would say 10 degrees for wind down as food still needs to move through the gut, which it can't at hibernation temps. This is one reason why many torts perished years ago in hibernation. Yes, during normal active times of the year, no heat is required at night. I would say conservatory temps fluctuate too much for any controlled process ;) This is how I hibernate mine www.tortsmad.com/hibernation.htm




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