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Hermann's tortoises and night time heat

Discussion in 'Hermanns tortoises' started by Yvonne G, Jan 3, 2016.

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  1. Yvonne G

    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Supporter

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    Hermann's Tortoises and Overnight Heat

    Hermann's tortoises need a night time cool down or they will suffer later on in life (some sooner than others).

    This "need to provide overnight heat" has been a very common misconception in Hermann's tortoise keeping that has surfaced a lot this past year. If the temperature in your house, where your indoor habitat is being kept, is not dropping below 65F consistently, then there is absolutely no need for nighttime heat.

    Hermann's tortoises are not heat lovers and should never, ever be subjected to it constantly especially while babies. Should you insist on night time heat, then at least move the heat emitter further away from the animal so that it is less of a basking spot and more of a way to slightly warm the air around it.

    (Paraphrased from notations made by HermanniChris)
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2016
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