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Hibernating Greek Tortoise - 1st time

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Posted by: katieb at Mon Jan 30 13:34:09 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by katieb ]  
   

Hello! I live outside of Phoenix, AZ and have a cute little Greek tortoise that we have had for 8 or 9 years. He was pretty young when we purchased him (captive bred). I have always been too nervous to hibernate him, but I know it is natural and best for him so was determined to do it this year. He has a spacious outdoor enclosure, and we made a burrow for him with half a small metal trash can layered with dirt and hay on top. I was hoping he would dig under the trash can, but it seems like he just walked in there. After he stopped coming out for a few days I lightly covered the opening with hay. The temperatures are in the high 30's right now at night. During the day it has been in the low 70's for a couple of days! Yesterday afternoon Spartacus was sitting out in the sun in his enclosure. What do I do now? Should I bring him inside and start feeding him? What about in the future? Should I hibernate him in the refrigerator instead of outside because of our rather warm winters in AZ? Please advise.

Thanks!
Kate


   

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