Taco-Taco said:Hi again. I do appreciate your help. This is my last post. Our lil dude passed away last night. Obviously he didn't get what he needed but I did try so very hard. I just don't think he was strong enough. We are all extremely sad here. Again, I thank you.
ascott said:I would pull them out and set them up in a warm environment. Here is why;
The eyes are such an indicator of possible issues (not something that you have done but likely already quietly present and likely "likely" related to stress)
Whitish stuff around the eyes can be an indicator of a variety of things...of which I will not guess as guessing does nothing.
Now, you can likely leave them be and do nothing and will they survive....sure, they can, this is a forgiving species that can endure alot---but keep in mind you do not know what all they endured before coming to you... if you pull them please slowly wake them (please do this process very slowly especially if the eyes are not desirable) you can better evaluate them.....and if their eyes are not great, this is what I would do....again, simply what I would do. I mean, this is your first trial run and it is not uncommon for a shorter brumation to be offered for the first time around....
thatrebecca said:I haven't been on here in a while cause our DTs have been down since Nov. 10 and we adopted a new puppy at Christmas who's been keeping us very busy.
But now that we've built the torts a nice, dog-proof enclosure -- we have an area of the yard with 6-foot fencing separate from the rest we are able to use -- we'd like to wake them up.
Our wakeup plan is to transition their boxes from the non-working freezer they've been in (about 45-50 degrees) to a warmer location like a shady spot in the yard for a few hours, then to offer a tepid soak, and finally to put them outdoors midday on one of those gorgeous, sunny days that are customary here in LA. At night they'll be sleeping inside until we reach summery nighttime temps.
Naturally, the very week we plan to wake them is the week forecasters say LA will get its heaviest rains in two years. :/ I'm grateful for the much-needed rain but it's not great timing for our wake-up plan. Should we delay a few days until weather improves? So far we have raised them without the use of additional heat such as basking lamps or CHEs, but we can buy those things if we'll need them.
We adopted them last April, so this is our first wake up with them.
ascott said:Very happy to hear....eating is a good thing, some do it straight away and some take a bit longer....so good stuff
I would just make sure that you offer a few days of warm water soaks at least a couple time a day (since they are small/young)....
Good to know, thanks! I gave them a soak on day 1, but hadn't planned another till the weekend. I guess I should step it up.