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Posted by: wminoc at Mon Oct 20 14:49:04 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by wminoc ]  
   

Hi there. I'm in Orange County, in Southern California, about 7 miles from the ocean. I have two small tortoises, a Greek and Russian, that I've had since last spring. I house them in a 6'x4' outdoor enclosure with plenty of substrate (sand, soil, bark, moss) and hiding places. They seem to be doing fine and eat like pigs.

Now, the weather here is getting quite cold (50s) at night and up in the 70s during the day. What sort of preparation should I make for their winter quarters? A friend of mine puts her Desert Tortoises in a small tub in the garage for several weeks during the winter. I hesitate to do that with mine because the weather doesn't get cold enough for proper hibernation.

Most of the hibernation literature seems to discuss hibernating tortoises in very cold climates.


   

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