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Stones getting too hot?

Discussion in 'Tortoise Enclosures' started by Momshra, Mar 10, 2018.

  1. Momshra

    Momshra Member

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    So here is a silly question....but i put some rocks down under the uvb heat light....these wont get TOO hot and burn feet right?? Thanks in advance pic example added.

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    I wouldn't think so. Do you have an infrared thermometer to test with?
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    Only you can tell if it's too hot or not. Either use a point and shoot temp gun or lay a thermometer under the lights on the rocks.
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    Only your thermometer can answer this question.
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    Well then i am going to say it is not too hot?? On the rocks the thermo os reading 100 degrees.
    Thank you
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    That should be okay :)
    I looked through your posts to see if anyone had told you yet, but seeing that no one has, I figured you’d like to know: your tortoises need to be separated, or you need to add another to the group. Pairs of tortoises never work, because there’s always a dominant and a subordinate. It greatly stresses the tortoises, because the subordinate is constantly being bullied, and the dominant can’t get the other out of its territory. Tortoises, especially species like sulcata, are solitary and very territorial, and cannot make friends.
    If you choose to add another to the group, keep in mind that they still might not get along, and if they don’t, you’ll have to separate them all because if you take away one, you’re left with two.
    You have some very cute, healthy babies!
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    THANK YOU! ...I am trying....I actually do have three but now I am wondering if I shouldn't separate all of them??
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    That’s your call, but keep in mind that they do better alone, and if there’s more than one male while they’re adults, you’ll have to separate them all. But if still could work, so do what you think is best :)
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    Thanks and we were definitely aware that if we had two males when they get older we would have to separate the male's... how many months is it again that you can try to sex them??
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    14 inches long :)
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    Oh ok cool thank you.
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    I don't quite get it about the stones...can't you feel them and know if they are too hot for the tortoise? And if it gets that hot under the heat lamp won't the tortoise get too hot all over its body as well as the stones?
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    I guess I thought there is a difference between WHAT I FEEL in regards to heat VS. a tiny Tortoise?!
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    That's why i started the thread out with ."this might be a silly question." ;)
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    It's not a silly question, but I think that we all already realise that what we think is "warm" for us may be too hot for some animals, depending on its basking needs. No offence intended, for sure.
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    And oftentimes when we think it’s warm enough, it needs to be warmer for a tortoise or reptile.
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    No offense taken. THAT is exactly what I am saying.:)
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    That is with hatchlings too? I’ve never seen hatchlings fight or have that behavior. Interesting.
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    Sometimes, yes. I think it’s just better to separate them early on, so that you don’t have to worry about aggression happening and not having a separate enclosure to House them in. But again, since it’s a group, it could work.
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