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  1. AZGirl

    To hibernate or not hibernate. That is the question.

    Thank You for this detailed explanation of the differences brumation v hibernation. With that said, is it then okay to ‘wake’ DT on a particularly warmer day and soak and/or offer water to drink, let bask even, and then let him go back to ‘sleep’?
  2. AZGirl

    New member to this forum, my name is Danny and my sulcata hatchling is named Tortellini

    Welcome Randy and Tortellini. You’ve landed in an awesome place!!! All the greatest tort peeps here. ?????
  3. AZGirl

    To hibernate or not hibernate. That is the question.

    I have successfully hibernated my DT Parker for 3 yrs now. First year, I think temps were a bit too warm so I worked on that by putting him in an unheated area of the house. Up off the floor, basically in a box. A cool, dark, quiet place. I have followed all @Tom care sheets,which have helped...
  4. AZGirl

    I'm Gettin' Too Old For This. . .

    Our temps are dipping in low 50s already here in Mile High AZ. And we have been getting rain. Parker does not like thunderstorms so have been bringing him in at night also. He is slowing down already.
  5. AZGirl

    Stand Your Ground - A Day in the Life of a DT

    A fine sunny summer day at the home of Parker the DT. Two young hens wander in from the neighbors yard. Parker’s Mom sees them while getting his food ready & gets them some seed. All seems fine, Parker is eating, hens are pecking seed. Suddenly (as sudden as a tortoise gets), Parker looks up...
  6. AZGirl

    DT blood On mouth

    I did NOT know that, ewww! Gonna have another chat w Parker. ?? Thank you. ????
  7. AZGirl

    DT blood On mouth

    Thank you @Yvonne and @wellington. I’m keeping eye on him. Spot on neck washed off in soak. He ate some more. Had a talk with him. Told him not to scare me like that. What in the world would he eat that had blood? The lizards hang out with him a lot. So far so good, no more blood. ??‍♀️ Many...
  8. AZGirl

    DT blood On mouth

    Went out to soak DT this morning and he had some blood on his mouth. He let me wipe it gently with a wet paper towel. His tongue is a perfect light pink color. I cannot see the source of the blood. I rinsed him he drank and I put him up on Surface to try and get pics. I think his mouth looks ok...
  9. AZGirl

    More questions on DT

    Thanks Karen.?
  10. AZGirl

    More questions on DT

    I Thanks Tom. He does have a dry shelter. He has my Whole yard to roam. He has used those bricks to bask on and walked along them many times, Never walked off or trying to navigate down. I never dreamed he would leave his hide at night and wander in the dark. I think the storm w very loud...
  11. AZGirl

    More questions on DT

    A few weeks ago, I was concerned about overheating & dehydration of my 7 yo DT Parker. Now, I’m wondering, since it’s monsoon and he spends almost all time outside, is he too cool? I was observing him the other day & he kept closing his eyes a lot. He also acted like he had something stuck in...
  12. AZGirl

    Happy Anniversary to Me!

    well you’re a wealth of info. I know you’ve answered a lot of my questions. ?????? Happy belated Anniversary.
  13. AZGirl

    Help!! Do I have an emergency? Heat DT AZ.

    Hallelujah!!! ⛈⛈⛈⛈⛈⛈⛈ went from 99 to 73! Now he’s in his hide. ?????????
  14. AZGirl

    Help!! Do I have an emergency? Heat DT AZ.

    After I hosted him, came back in, he got moving. Still under shed, so I sprayed water and called him. He turned right around and came out!! Phew! It is SO, not fit for man or beast. I moved him, sprayed him, and he’s eating now. he comes when I call him, albeit I wish he were faster??? I am a...
  15. AZGirl

    dehydration

    @Tom Can my DT get dehydrated in one day from extreme temps. 99 today. He made his way under shed where I can’t get to him. He hears me and looks at me but is not moving. I sprayed him w garden hose. Don’t think I can crawl under shed. In my 60s. Should I keep spraying him? He’s 7 and healthy.
  16. AZGirl

    Help!! Do I have an emergency? Heat DT AZ.

    Couldn’t find Parker this morning. He has whole yard, can’t get out. But when I finally did, he’s under shed for shade. It is now 99 out and he’s not moving, except his head. I moved water over there as far as I can reach and some food. He still in same spot in shade, but it is really hot. I am...
  17. AZGirl

    Mopey Desert Tortoise

    Overnight lows are just reaching 50-52 this week with one night 46. Imhave been having him sleep inside. I turn his lights off, so it’s just room temp which is prob 65-68ish
  18. AZGirl

    Mopey Desert Tortoise

    Parker woke up April 3. He seemed to be doing okay. Eating, drinking, pooping. I’ve been soaking him each day, almost every day and let him out in yard (completely fenced) for the warmest part of day. He was taking walks and grazing, but today, after eating and soak, He basked, then went to...
  19. AZGirl

    Escapee

    Keep looking. We spent days and then found in weirdest places.. Just block routes out of yard.Mine would find a black trash bag I was putting weeds in, and he crawled INSIDE it. Good thing I checked.
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