Outdoor Accommodation in a Colder (UK) Climate

JoesMum

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Would a heated house that’s protected from rain and allow them to come & go be sufficient for keeping them outdoors through these colder months?
I don’t know much about the Californian climate; you’d need @Tom or @Yvonne G for that expertise.

In theory, with properly heated and insulated accommodation yes you can. Have a look at what’s done with Sulcatas as they cannot hibernate so must be kept active and eating all winter.

The alternative is fridge hibernation so you guarantee temperature stability. Some have reported that doing this even for a couple of weeks helps the tort reset for being awake
 

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I appreciate your liking my recent post and wanted to ask for your advice, if I may. I sense my 2 Greek torts living outside could be exhibitinge quasi hibernation behavior. My male, Scooby, is now burrowed in the dirt and just seems to have stopped eating (as of yesterday). My female Sheldane is still coming out to bask briefly but eating much less. We’ve never hibernated a tortoise and I wasn’t planning to start. It would be hard here bc the Bay Area temps fluctuate so much - it can get really warm suddenly even in the midst of “winter”. Is it important to try and fully hibernate them? Would a heated house that’s protected from rain and allow them to come & go be sufficient for keeping them outdoors through these colder months? Also, my male is in soil that is a bit moist so I worry it could get him sick and that I need to move him. Should I create a cold house with straw or the coconut fiber substrate? Thx so so much, any advice you have would be most appreciated.
Read this thread. In it outdoor housing in our kind of climate is explained. You need to separate your two and there are pics of a great way to do it here:
 

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This is amazing. Joe is living the dream! I imagine that since Joe has the run of the entire garden that there was some extra work required to close any gaps under the fence... would you mind sharing what you did to escape proof your garden? We have a hedged 12x12 courtyard that I have been eyeing as a tort garden.
 

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This is amazing. Joe is living the dream! I imagine that since Joe has the run of the entire garden that there was some extra work required to close any gaps under the fence... would you mind sharing what you did to escape proof your garden? We have a hedged 12x12 courtyard that I have been eyeing as a tort garden.
Our garden, like many in the UK, is fenced with close boarded fencing all the way round. It’s easy to have a secure are with this. We just have to make sure the foxes haven’t dug their way underneath and created an escape route.

This section isn in Joe’s bit, but it’s currently unobscured by plants so you can see what it looks like!
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Thanks for the advice :D

Am a new Sulcata owner and live in East Sussex, UK. Looking to build a outdoor enclosure for her.
Am glad I clicked your post. Not too far away from me so all above (except hybernating) applies.

I have a Dog kennel on order and will also be making a cold frame. I didn't know about slate being good at absorbing heat so will be adding some of that too.

Thanks again :D
 

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This has been a huge reassurance that my ibera can go back into his hutch in the garden in the days...but I love the idea of a kennel with a light!
 

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This has been a huge reassurance that my ibera can go back into his hutch in the garden in the days...but I love the idea of a kennel with a light!
I think JoesMum used to hibernate Joe for the winter, but because of our climate he had warm places to go on our cooler days when he was outside during the summer. Only the best for Joe!!:<3::tort:
 

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