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#21 Blegge

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Posted 03 January 2016 - 11:17 AM

Hi Sue. I want to give you an update and ask for more advice if that's ok? For the first few days both torts were more active and stayed awake for most of the day. They spent a fair bit if their time trying to find a way out and pushed each other out of the way to get into the corner of their enclosure. Now they stay asleep till I wake them up in the morning. I put them in a bath where they usually stay for 10 mins. After which phoebe usually eats without coaxing but tiny tries to go to sleep again by facing the corner wall of her enclosure I have to coax her to either bask or eat but usually within2 hrs of being first woken up both torts are in a corner each. I then repeat the process later in the day. So why at should I do? You suggested maybe I should put some soil back and let them do their own thing. Do you mean leave them dug down until the come up themselves or to dig them out daily as before? Or should I just carry on as we are now? Sorry I know it's difficult when you canr actually see them for yourself. I don't think they're stressed but I'm clearly disturbing them and trying to sleep on top of the soil is not what I think they want to do. They've both tried to bury unde the feeding slate and their climbing stones too. Temps are 36 deg under their lamp and 18.2 in the corner. Thanks again Brenda

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Posted 04 January 2016 - 02:53 PM

Well, personally I wouldn't add soil until they get the gang of waking each morning. Winter is a bad time though to get them into a regime as they have evolved to hibernate. Your temps are far too hot though and they are not likely to stay under the lamps to bask until temps are reduced. A couple more degrees and basking could well lead to death, then given the much lower temps at the other end, they are not going to behave naturally. What is the humidity like?

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Posted 04 January 2016 - 08:16 PM

Ok I'll just keep on with what I'm doing then and turn the basking lamp down for tomorrow. I should aim for 32 on their shell is that right? I think humidity is fine but have no real way of measuring it. I have a humidity clock in my kitchen which says it's 55% but I don't know how relevant that is when they're not in that room. I wet their soil every night from the edges and spray it iall over in the morning. Thanks B.

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Posted 04 January 2016 - 09:18 PM

You don't need to measure humidity but if the soil is damp it will be fine, if dry it won't be. Remember indoors is always low humidity unless you use water.

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Posted 04 January 2016 - 10:10 PM

Great thanks Sue. I'll keep going and hope once the temp is fixed that they'll get into a normal routine. Xx




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