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    Yearling Testudo graeca ibera, "Ankara" locale

    Well thought out and well researched reply as usual Mark. The problem here isn't freezing. The problem here is that most days are far too warm, but intermixed with occasional cold days too. Nights are always cold, but "winter" days are frequently in the high 80s or low 90s. Its not consistently...
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    Heat/basking lamp

    I can't make heads or tails of what you just types there. Here is the lighting and heating info: There are four elements to heating and lighting: Basking bulb. I use 65 watt incandescent floods from the hardware store. Some people will need bigger, or smaller wattage bulbs. Let your thermometer...
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    How do I show my tortoise love?

    Love is a human emotion. That's not how reptiles function. Look up the work "anthropomorphism". What you can do to show your love for the tortoise is spend the time, money and effort to give it the best foods and the best enclosures possible. Hand feeding will often desensitize them to your...
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    Pyramiding Concerns. Advice?

    The Timothy pellets are great. I use those in that same way almost daily. Grazing on grass is great if they will do it. The SA leopards eat grass like a sulcata, so you may have some SA lineage mixed in there. If that ZooMed 75 watt is an "intense spot bulb", that may be the cause of the...
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    Pyramiding Concerns. Advice?

    Humidity should be over 80 percent all the time. If you are misting regularly and they aren't swimming, that tell me you have too much ventilation. A closed chamber should have a solid top and front opening doors, and all the heating and lighting should be inside it. 22C is far too cool. It...
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    Yearling Testudo graeca ibera, "Ankara" locale

    We had the U.S. Geological Service data posted on another thread. I can't remember the depth at which we see those annual temperatures, but I'll bet you could find it. I recall it being within 2 meters of the surface or something like that. @Markw84 probably knows where it is. I believe he was...
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    Hermann Tortoise Diet!

    "Seaweed for increased resistance". Increased resistance to what? Most pelleted diets don't look great on paper. What I'd like to know is what results have been produced feeding this pelleted for periodically over a long time frame. I've never used it and don't know of anyone who has, so I...
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    New tortoise mum

    Well that thread is for you. Please know that almost everything the pet shop or the internet tells you is going to be wrong.
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    Egg like discharge

    What was the high temp on that hot day? I mean ambient daytime high, not surface temp or temps in the sun. When we watch the news here it always tells us the expected highs and lows. Or when we look up the weather on one of several weather web sites or apps. Do they not do that in the UK...
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    mercury vapor for cherry heads

    No. These bulbs are unreliable in their UV output, too hot, and as stated already, they cause pyramiding. CHs and RFs don't need a basking area. They need over all warm temps maintained by a radiant heat panel or CHE controlled by a thermostat in a large closed chamber.
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    Yearling Testudo graeca ibera, "Ankara" locale

    There are several differences between wild desert tortoises and housing a greek in a back yard. Yes, DTs do hibernate, but they are deep under ground in long burrows. I've read some of the burrows are 90 feet long and 30 feet deep. Ground temps in DT areas are around 80 in summer, and 50 in...
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    Help, bleeding Sulcata sex organs

    Separate them and soak them tomorrow to clean and evaluate them. Males sometimes do this. I had one male injure his penis so badly that he could to longer breed. If you put two of them together, that is trying to breed. If one knocked a wall down or something like that, well that is a lesson in...
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    Egg like discharge

    I don't think it was wrong. This is something I've pondered for a while. I grew up about 3 miles from what I once saw in a news report as "the best weather on the planet" according to whatever criteria they used to determine this. The weather there was always mild and comfortable year round, but...
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    Egg like discharge

    I looked up the weather in Hull going back to July, and the highest of highs said 86F (30C). Does that sound right? Or was it actually much hotter than that? Please forgive my ignorance of your climate, but its one of the places in the world I've never been to and my impression is that it is...
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    New tortoise mum

    Hello and welcome. Looks like Barb answered your questions pretty well already. Are we talking about an adult? Different answers for a baby. 1. No. I recommend 36-37C. 2. 21-27C during the day. A little warmer or a little cooler is fine for this species, but that is a good range to shoot for...
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