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Old 22-06-2018, 11:03 AM   #1
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Hey guys!
Quick question from an old Tort owner -
Iíve had a family Tort for years, heís lives between my Mum and I for a long time.
Heís come back to me for the summer (after staying a couple of years with my Mum)
I have a really big garden, and I used to leave him out all the time...
But being with Mum for a couple years. Heís a lot more used to indoors. (And heís gotten fatter and lazier hehe)
Iím out for work today until quite late. Say about 11-12pm.
I used to leave him in his Run in the garden. But I donít think heís used to this temp / lifestyle anymore....
Itís only his first day back.
Do you think I can leave him in his Run in the garden?
(Until so late)
Or is that silly? And should I leave him indoors?
Seems crazy on such a hot day -
But Iím nervous as heís used to a different lifestyle now...
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts

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Old 22-06-2018, 11:27 AM   #2
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If his pen is secure and he has food water and a shelter then leave him out all day and night he will soon get used to it and as it's so hot now and going to get hotter it's a good time to do it.

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Old 22-06-2018, 12:22 PM   #3
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If his pen is secure and he has food water and a shelter then leave him out all day and night he will soon get used to it and as it's so hot now and going to get hotter it's a good time to do it.
I agree with Gordon, he will soon adjust to being outside again, and its far better for him to be outside.
If he has got fat and lazy:0) then a few days natural grazing (without any extra food given to him) will do him the world of good:0)
Tortoises like us just dont like change, but we all have to get on with it:0)
Also make sure he has a box or the like to go into when the temps drop:0)
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Old 22-06-2018, 12:51 PM   #4
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Outside is the place for the Mediterranean species in even half-decent weather. Some kind of coldframe or greenhouse is a great help.

If the weather we are promised happens, it's a sin for any Med tortoise to be indoors!
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Old 22-06-2018, 02:31 PM   #5
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Thanks guys!
I know it’s a silly question - But it helps that you guys confirm.
My only concern is the evening / night time...
His pen is super secure so that’s not a worry.
I’ve yet to contruct him a ‘box’ or the like -
But he’s got a sexy little ‘Cove-Arch-Tunnel’ which should be good for this weather!
Thanks again guys
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Old 22-06-2018, 02:48 PM   #6
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Thanks guys!
I know itís a silly question - But it helps that you guys confirm.
My only concern is the evening / night time...
His pen is super secure so thatís not a worry.
Iíve yet to contruct him a Ďboxí or the like -
But heís got a sexy little ĎCove-Arch-Tunnelí which should be good for this weather!
Thanks again guys
My tortoises when outside in their enclosure, will when the light levels drop. Head for any thing they can hide under or dig under. Mine dig under my Yucca, or any curved roof tiles they can find. I do put several tiles around so they can choose. As its generally where ever the last rays of sun have been:0)

No question is silly, only the one not asked:0)
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Old 22-06-2018, 06:15 PM   #7
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Agree with everyone, heís definitely enter off outside, specially now the weather is so hot, he will soon adjust . And he will be fine left out all night, so long as heís got a solid water tight box.
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Mine have lots of choices and Bertie still prefers to go under a towel most of the time at night. He digs down a little in the soil.
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Old 24-06-2018, 10:30 AM   #9
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Yes outside is TLC for Tortoises, photo always welcome , love seeing different set ups and Tortoise photos,

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Old 30-08-2018, 08:25 AM   #10
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Hi all,
I moved my 6 year old horsefield outside for the first time in his life in early July (I didn't have a suitable outdoor area before) and he took a while to acclimatize to the change of scenery and temps. He is still not quite as active as he used to be when he was indoors, but I think that may primarily be due to the overnight temps dropping outside, in comparison to the stable temps he has always been used to indoors. He seems happy as larry wandering around in the sun though so glad I moved him out (especially during this summer we've had!).
Out of interest, does anyone use any form of heating for their outdoor torts overnight?
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