Is it okay for them to bury themselves?

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I know tortoises like to dig, but is it normal for them to get under the substrate completely? I pulled Dom out because I was worried he'd suffocate.
 

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DITTO, of course as long as they are not trying to dig them selves under something that could fall on them and crush them.
 

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Yeah, everything in there is sitting firmly on the floor of the enclosure. Something told me that'd be a good idea.
 

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When I want to take my hatchlings out for some sun, most of the time i have to dig 2-3 into the substrate to find them. Very normal...
 

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Glasswalker said:
OK cool. He did kinda give me this "WTF are you doing" look lol

Haha I get that face every time I dig up my box turtle hatchlings for something. And I agree with the others, safe and normal : )
 

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Glasswalker said:
I know tortoises like to dig, but is it normal for them to get under the substrate completely? I pulled Dom out because I was worried he'd suffocate.

No worries, Glass. They bury themselves all the time in nature, and as mentioned above, as long as they are not undermining some heavy object that can hurt them, it's perfectly fine. Turtles don't need as much oxygen as we do, so they are not going to suffocate while buried. In fact, it's good for them, because it helps them feel safe, and it also provides them with valuable moisture for their skin. :)
 

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I get the same crazy look from mine :) and no matter how many hides I have for them, sometimes they just want to make their own!
 
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