Turtles in snow

Bridgebob

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My Eastern Box fell over and I found her upside down after a couple of days. She want's to brumate. But I dig her out every so often and feed her - She pigs out!

Her environment is about 50 degrees fahrenheit and 40% humidity. I will turn her heat lamp on occasionally.
 

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I meant to reply. I knew sulcata could handle the 50's , but I didn't know they could tank snow.
Mary does not stay out past time for a photo op...she does not enjoy the snow or the cold. It stays a pretty constant ambient temp of 85 degrees in her shed. She has a pig blanket in a sleeping box where she spends most of her time....
 
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My Eastern Box fell over and I found her upside down after a couple of days. She want's to brumate. But I dig her out every so often and feed her - She pigs out!

Her environment is about 50 degrees fahrenheit and 40% humidity. I will turn her heat lamp on occasionally.

Be careful Bob, they need mid-80F to digest their food or it can rot in their stomachs causing issues. She might be attempting to hibernate/brumate because of the low temps? What is she tipping over? If rocks, remove them....you don't want her on her back under the heater...

Mags, that Mary is freaking AWESOME and you get kudos for taking the time to take her out for her "shoot"! I have never seen anything like that, even when I worked at the Nat zoo in DC for a couple years....
 

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Be careful Bob, they need mid-80F to digest their food or it can rot in their stomachs causing issues. She might be attempting to hibernate/brumate because of the low temps? What is she tipping over? If rocks, remove them....you don't want her on her back under the heater...

Mags, that Mary is freaking AWESOME and you get kudos for taking the time to take her out for her "shoot"! I have never seen anything like that, even when I worked at the Nat zoo in DC for a couple years....
She has the choice to go under her heat lamp, stay in her pond or go into a place away from the heat. I'm leaving the heat lamp at day time on until the winter is over. I need a new heat lamp though. I jerry rigged one from Home Depot. She parks herself at an appropriate distance and I only feed her maybe every two days. She is pooping in her pond. And she is growing.

I'm wondering how much UV I need to expose her to though. You can actually see the heat lamp darkening her shell.
 

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Be careful Bob, they need mid-80F to digest their food or it can rot in their stomachs causing issues. She might be attempting to hibernate/brumate because of the low temps? What is she tipping over? If rocks, remove them....you don't want her on her back under the heater...

Mags, that Mary is freaking AWESOME and you get kudos for taking the time to take her out for her "shoot"! I have never seen anything like that, even when I worked at the Nat zoo in DC for a couple years....
Frankly taking and posting photos is something I seriously enjoy...My pleasure is to try and personalize my torts making them something more than a 'collection'. Thanks for appreciating Mary....I have been very fortunate to have had several common but exceptional tortoises under my care.
Bridgebob...I have decided that you must be super bored or just dumb...anything you post is for effect...your animals couldn't survive under the lack of care that you seem to give them. I just have to think that you really say that for reaction, not that you really keep your animals under such crappy care. I hate the way you post. So I'm just trying to tell myself that that you just trying to push our buttons...why do you feed 2 days outa 7? In the wild that turtle would eat every day. Yet you starve her...really?
 

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She's not starving.

I tried to feed her everyday but she just won't eat every day. She goes into her cave. After a day she will eat a lot.

I have growth chart.

6/13/21 - .87 OUNCES;
7/02/21 - .9 OUNCES;
7/28/21 - 1.12 OUNCES;
8/01/21 - 1.13 OUNCES;
8/18/21 - 1.18 OUNCES;
8/21/21 - 1.23 OUNCES;
9/03/21 - 1.33 OUNCES;
12/16/21 - 1.37 OUNCES;
01/14/22 - 1.41 OUNCES.

These animals are tough and haven't been around for millions of years by being stupid.

I make sure she is ok everyday. She is now. She is stretchy and can see me and probably wants to be fed. I will later on. Eggs and fruit and reptivite!

By the way I'm not very bored in retirement! My date at 60+ years old. Didn't work out though.
 

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