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Waking Up

14 February 2015 - 09:15 PM



I was wondering roughly when torts start waking up. Mine still seem firmly asleep but there is visible shallow breathing. Do i need to wake them up? They have been outside all winder in their insulated house. Temps have stayed good and have been checking them regularly especially during the frosty times. Its their first hibernation so wondering when is best.


Any advice appreciated.



Tubular Heater And Frost Thernostat.

26 November 2014 - 07:02 AM

Hi all,

As you may well know I have built an outdoor insulated house and i therefore plan to use this for hibernation. I purchased a tubular heater with thermostat. The issue is to set it up I need to turn it on to the desired temperature and then reduce the dial until it turns yellow. Unless temps go below 5 degrees I cannot do this. Therefore I need to buy a plug in frost thermostat so it turns on at 3 degrees and goes off at 5 degrees. Does anyone know of a reasonably priced thermostat that is reliable and has the desired affect? Any links welcome.




09 November 2014 - 07:23 PM

Starting the hibernation wind down tomorrow. Am I right in saying remove all food including planted life from their enclosures? They are 7 years old. 6 weeks for full emptying. Full light for 3 weeks and then begin to reduce an hour every half week. They have 12 hours of light at the moment from 6.00 until 18.00. Lots of water and well watered substrate. How often should i bath them?


14 August 2014 - 05:42 PM

Have spent a few days looking at the posts on here and the biggest thing that stands out on any health issue seems to be the lack of knowledge of the vets people have visited. I would like to take my two to the vets for a health check and to get them registered but was wondering if anyone knows a reliable tort vet in Essex and preferably near colchester. I can make it easily to south Suffolk if there is any there.

Many thanks for all of your help so far I truly appreciate it and I can already see how happy the my torts are since they have been with me and out of mums vivarium.

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Heat Lamps - Mvb

11 August 2014 - 05:24 PM

Hi All,


Have finally come to purchasing my heat lamp etc. Wopuld just like to run this by you all before i buy.


Was looking to go for http://www.arkpetson...2cm-p-7068.html and http://www.arkpetson...00w-p-7438.html for my set up.


Would these two be ok? The house is 120 cm by 70 cm.


If not could you offer any other suggestions.


Many thanks,