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Old 05-09-2019, 10:09 AM   #1
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My pair are slowing down, burying deeper each night but coming out every morning to charge about and eat then a couple of hours later they are back into the tub of soil to sit for the rest of the day. Different behaviour slightly to recent years but I wonder if it's anything to do with being such a crap summer. Usually they're not eating by this point.
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Well they didn't eat today despite being warm in there so maybe they're not far off going down now
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Old 05-09-2019, 09:50 PM   #3
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I've found loads of food lately Alan but noticed this week that there always seems some left over. Today I scattered food all around their areas before work. Came back lunch time, uneaten. Only one tort had left their greenhouse. It was sunny too! But the nights have been cool. Just checked forecast & we're due 7-9 over next few nights. I think it's cool night temps that signals hibernation
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My lot are slowing down too late mornings and early evenings still eating x
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Aye it's been 7c at nights here for almost a week apart from one night that was 13c
Warm in the sun and warmer still in the greenhouse but if the sun goes away and they are outside it's too cold and they just head for their hides
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Old 10-09-2019, 08:26 PM   #6
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You are afterall in near Viking territory Alan. I thought it had been a fantastic summer -(withstanding a bit of a sad time) heat and sun wise ... just goes to show. apparently back up to 25'c at weekend just after mine are burying, CB
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One of mine has buried down and not appeared out today, this is about their time now even though it's been a warmer day today
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Old 11-09-2019, 09:05 PM   #8
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Mine have been slowly winding down since late August, they are not coming out of the GH, unless its sunny. That is for a quick graze and back in again.
We have had such a hot Summer compared to other years, they have gotten used to higher temps. So they slow down with the much cooler in comparison.
But if this year is like the last few, we could easily have higher temps for a week or two, just to interrupt their windowns:0)
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Old 12-09-2019, 03:39 PM   #9
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Here in Central California all my tortoises are still eating. Usually by this time of year the Russians have dug in and I don't see them anymore, but they're still out and eating too.
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