Cold Weather

oatmeal

New Member
Joined
Dec 12, 2019
Messages
11
Location (City and/or State)
Edmonton, AB
Hi
I live in a part of Canada where it gets pretty cold especially at night. I have my tortoise in my room but when I wake up I’m freezing and can’t imagine what it’s like for her.
What can I do at night to keep her warmer? (and is the one heat lamp enough during the day?)
The usual temperature inside her tank is around 25°c but at night it can drop to 15°c
 

Yvonne G

Old Timer
TFO Admin
10 Year Member!
Platinum Tortoise Club
Joined
Jan 23, 2008
Messages
91,838
Location (City and/or State)
Clovis, CA
Most of us use heat without light. There are two different kinds you can choose from - a CHE (ceramic heat emitter), or a RHP (radiant heat panel).

CHE - ceramic heat emitter.jpg






RHP -
xpanel.jpg.pagespeed.ic.EBJtGYQ0xH.webp



I think the CHE would suit your conditions better. I screws into a regular light fixture.
 

ColinS

Active Member
Joined
Jan 12, 2017
Messages
115
Location (City and/or State)
Manchester
They need a drop in temp at night time. I’m no professional but I think it’s 16 degrees Celsius or maybe someone can put me right??
 

Gillian M

Well-Known Member
5 Year Member
Joined
Aug 28, 2014
Messages
15,369
Location (City and/or State)
Jordan
Most of us use heat without light. There are two different kinds you can choose from - a CHE (ceramic heat emitter), or a RHP (radiant heat panel).

CHE - View attachment 283700






RHP -
xpanel.jpg.pagespeed.ic.EBJtGYQ0xH.webp



I think the CHE would suit your conditions better. I screws into a regular light fixture.
Is 16 degrees C enough at night, as Colins said?
 

mark1

Well-Known Member
5 Year Member
Joined
Dec 31, 2015
Messages
1,715
Location (City and/or State)
ohio
personally, i do not believe they need a drop in temperature at night ...... when the sun goes down their objective is to maintain their optimal body temperature until the sun comes backout ...... the temp will ,at least in any enclosure i have used, drop when the lights are turned off regardless ...... ideally , there should be a temperature gradient in the enclosure .... for baby eastern box turtles i use something around 70-95 , when the lights go off it may drop to 65-80 depending on how cold the house is ......

i do however believe they need a seasonal drop in temperature (hibernated/brumated)
 

Tom

The Dog Trainer
10 Year Member!
Platinum Tortoise Club
Joined
Jan 9, 2010
Messages
59,322
Location (City and/or State)
Southern California
Hi
I live in a part of Canada where it gets pretty cold especially at night. I have my tortoise in my room but when I wake up I’m freezing and can’t imagine what it’s like for her.
What can I do at night to keep her warmer? (and is the one heat lamp enough during the day?)
The usual temperature inside her tank is around 25°c but at night it can drop to 15°c
If we are talking about an adult hermanni, they can certainly survive 15-16C at night as long as they can warm up. I prefer to keep little ones no lower than 20-21C at night, but they can handle lower if needed.

One heat lamp is not enough. You also need ambient light, ambient heat, and UV.

Read through this one, and there is a heating and lighting breakdown at the end.
 
Top