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  1. amph55
    06-07-2012 10:07 AM
    same here! Trot has gone into the greenhouse where he can sit under a basking lamp. I let him out when it stops raining but although he goes out willingly he soon comes back in again after eating a few weeds from the lawn. Yes if we dont get sun soon I know he'll stop eating as he likes his freedom since he was kept in a garden very wild when we had him 12 years ago. I try to give him what he needs but it doesn't always mean he eats well when it is cold.Funnily enough he will often change his eating preferences to cooked carrot sticks when he's gone off everything else, which I feed him by hand. He's such a baby - like all males when they're feeling poorly!!
  2. amph55
    04-07-2012 03:51 PM
    Yes Trot is really active. Did n't know what we were letting ourseves in for. Have to have all the borders secure as he ikes to trot around! What does your Dotty like to do mostly?
  3. amph55
    27-06-2012 09:42 AM
    Your Dotty looks like a female version of my Trot. He is a gracia spur thigh and is 37 years old. You can see him on my profile, but only have him in his compound. Amph 55
  4. Levi
    28-10-2011 01:32 PM
    Rom, you are only allowed 1000 characters using this public private message method so I think it might be a little useless.
  5. Levi
    28-10-2011 01:23 PM
    Hi Rom,

    Your message has been cut short ! But no I haven't read Life in a shell. (I'll look out for it) With out reading the rest of your message it is difficult for me to comment. I know from personal experience that my girl lost a lot of weight in a warmer box hibernation and I'm pretty certain she would start to freeze if I left her at 0°C. At a constant 5ish she seems very happy, loses very little weight and is very lively come the spring. I personally wouldn't feel comfortable leaving her below 3 in a box even with a frost heater as you never know if you're going to get a overnight power cut. The TT guide clearly states a "tortoise" can go below 0°C for a short time, luckily most people can't read and think AH is suggesting above 0°C and below 10°C, but that is not what that guide says. Either way it can hardly be called "SAFE" can it.

    Feel free to PM me or post on that thread.

  6. romski
    27-10-2011 10:05 PM
    Hi Levi,
    I took part in the thread before your eviction and indeed the eviction of Paul.
    The thread you have started has been very interesting and I agree that the simple message recently posted centering about 5*c is probably the most clear.

    Have you read Life in a shell By Jackson?

    Its an excellent book that centres on chelonian properties including their needs during hibernation. He talks of some animals actively seeking the coldest temperatures to reduce energy loss, the minimising the O2 use and the associated production of lactic acid.

    I am unaware of any research that has studied tortoise movement during hibernation either in response to available oxygen level once burried or to temperatures. I have boxes that move considerably during the winter for reasons that I do not understand. I think they are self managing both for 02 and for temp.

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