At what temp is shade not enough for a DT!

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My Gopherus has ample shade and water available as well as a nice cool patch of sod. The sod has its own little sprinklers and his water has a dripper that goes off during the morning.

I have not made a burrow for him yet. I'm just wondering how long this will be fine for him before summer hits. It gets to be about 100+ on the hottest of summer days at my house. Usually not day after day heat but we do get heat waves. Today it was close to 90 degrees.

Thanks for any advice and tips.

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I'd build a burrow as soon as you can. Shade is okay, but going beneath the dirt is where they can really escape the heat. During even a warm day, the shade is still hot. the ground absorbs the heat. Others will chime in.
 

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My Gopherus has ample shade and water available as well as a nice cool patch of sod. The sod has its own little sprinklers and his water has a dripper that goes off during the morning.

I have not made a burrow for him yet. I'm just wondering how long this will be fine for him before summer hits. It gets to be about 100+ on the hottest of summer days at my house. Usually not day after day heat but we do get heat waves. Today it was close to 90 degrees.

Thanks for any advice and tips.

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I also would suggest that you get a burrow/man made house done for this tortoise asap. Where does the tortoise sleep at night?
 

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He sleeps inside my house in a big chest that was modified with a door and air holes. I guess the previous owner would also hibernate him in there as well. I had the chest outside for a bit but brought it in because it gets so cold at night. My house stays around 65+.
 

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My desert tortoises' shelter is under a mulberry tree in deep shade. It's made out of cinder blocks and seems to stay cool enough to be comfortable even on the hottest days.
 

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I first placed masonry caps on the ground to make a floor.

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Masonry caps are the gray stones on top of this wall.

Then I built the shelter on top of the caps. I added a bunch of dry leaves and a bit of dirt to the floor.

Because mine is in deep shade and never gets any sun, I only have plywood on the roof.

The link you provided is a good idea, but would be even better in the shade.

This is my desert tortoises' shelter:

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When they are above ground without a cooler retreat, anything over 100 can begin to get dangerous. 90 in the shade is fine.

All gopherus should have some sort of underground retreat to escape the temperature extremes of the surface.
 

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