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#21 Missy

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 03:25 PM

Hello. Just to update on Missy's progress since last posting.

She had a successful hibernation last winter in the fridge for 14 weeks with no weight loss. I further upgraded her outdoor set up this spring with a miniature greenhouse over her hut/soil pit with a heat and uv lamp for the colder, duller parts of the year. She was very keen to have more than a corner of the garden and so I eventually took down the barrier and she has full reign of the garden which is fairly small and very secure having walls or fences with concrete base boards on all sides. She has her favourite areas to hang out and is never to be found on the shady side of the garden. She enjoys sleeping in the sun tucked under a geranium or snacking on the lower leaves of the sedum furthest from her house. At night she returns herself to her greenhouse. Now the weather is poor she rarely leaves her green house and I was wondering how many hours a day you would provide heat/light for? I will try to keep her going till end of November (south coast)

Last question is roughly based on the size/species how much should she grow every year? I'm worried she is growing too fast as she is very greedy and she helps herself to the weeds and plants in the garden (plantain, dandelion, clover, hawksbane, campanula, sedum, valerian etc)

Thank you for your help.

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 05:41 PM

I dont keep mine outdoors that late, as we can have some hard ground frosts overnight. If Missy is going to stay in the greenhouse this long then you will need background heat on a thermostat for 24 hours. Its good shes having a good area in the garden to explore. Youve done wonders for her. To check growth, have a look at the lighter coloured growth lines on her shell. They should be no wider than a fine pencil line. Thick bands of lighter coloured growth indicate overfeeding. Hope this helps.

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 06:02 PM

Thanks. I have a thermometer in her enclosure so if it goes too low we'll bring her in or get some background heat but we're by the sea so it doesn't usually get that cold until December or January even sometimes.

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 06:43 PM

Where are you? In UK?

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 08:20 PM

Sussex

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Posted 02 October 2017 - 12:53 PM

You still need basking facilities. Tortoises need it in this country, even in the channel isles. They may survive for many years, but we need them to thrive. When you think we don’t have a wild population of tortoises, it makes it clearer that we absolutely must supplement our uk weather.

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Posted 02 October 2017 - 04:25 PM

Yes as I said above she has a heat bulb and uv one in her green house. I was asking how many hours per day they should be on for at the moment.

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Posted 02 October 2017 - 07:04 PM

To correspond with normal daylight hours, but she will need additional ambient heat or she will go into hibernation mode and lose valuable reserves, due to reduced natural light.
Hope this helps.




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