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    Break out the band! It's mylittlecholla's birthday!!

    How kind of all of you and what a surprise!!!! Thank you For some reason my little Cholla is grumpy today. Actually, it's not a mystery--I put her breakfast salad straight into her enclosure instead of bringing her out for the usual breakfast salad with my husband and me on our patio table...
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    Thanks to y'all, my little Cholla remains a contented and healthy little Chelonian.

    Thanks to you all, my little Cholla remains a contented and healthy little Chelonian. Her sweet and personable little ways continue to give me and my family so much delight. I shudder to think how little I knew about how to provide her with the environment or even the food she needs, and how...
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    grass or hay/ light bedding for movable tortoise "playpen"

    Thanks, Maro2Bear! Sounds like a good mix of lightweight material. Happy tortoising to you too! :D
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    grass or hay/ light bedding for movable tortoise "playpen"

    Howdy, all! We intend to use a plastic wading pool as an occasional playpen for our 3 1/2-year-old Desert Tortoise. We want her to able to amble around safely while inside our house in chilly weather. Cholla already has an outdoor enclosure with the necessary furnishings, but she has long...
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    Is my tortoise dead?

    With sympathy and sorrow for your heartbreak.
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    The peaceful joys of tortoise keeping

    A lovely afternoon, sunny but cool, today just lying around in the grass with my beautiful Chelonian baby, as she basked, and grazed, and tromped through her food dish or just relaxed in a modified "superman position" while gazing upon me with pleasant satisfaction. What a balm to relieve...
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    How cold is too cold for a DT

    Tom, you explanation above.is extremely succinct, clear and helpful. Everything makes much more sense to me now. If I may trouble you one more time . . . but I just want to be absolutely sure. Should this mini-heater suffice to heat the tortoise house, or do I need to add another heating...
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    How cold is too cold for a DT

    Thanks, Tom. Cholla is 3 1/2 years old and weighs 250 grams. She's about 5 1/2 inches long now, I do keep her ambient temp indoors (where she's staying during this colder wetter weather) between 68 and 74 degrees. I was concerned because a couple of nights it fell to 58 or 60. This is...
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    How cold is too cold for a DT

    Beautimous. Thanks for the specific 55-60#.
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    How cold is too cold for a DT

    How cold is too cold for a DT at night?
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    Heating Question

    Thanks so much as always, Tom, for sharing your time and expertise. I'll look for a 400 watt mini radiant oil heater instead of the 700 watt one, to be on the safe side. But how do I plug it into the thermostat? And just so it's clear to my fuzzy brain, will that heater need to be...
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    Heating Question

    If I use a mini radiant oil heater, do I need any other heating devices in my DT's outdoor house? It's been a couple months since I posted any threads, so I'll start with the basics. Background: My Cholla, a Desert Tortoise, is 3 1/2 years old now, about 5 1/2 inches long, and weighs about...
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    Tortoise woke from hibernation then died

    Yes, a loving tortoise owner understands. Your little Turbo's response to you when he was first awakened shows that he was personable and affectionate, the same words I'd use to describe my 3 year old Desert Tortoise, who like Turbo, seems to like walking around on the keyboard of my laptop...
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    Tortoise woke from hibernation then died

    I'm so very sad for you and for Turbo.
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