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RE: Does anybody know anything about aestivation in Russian tortoises?

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Posted by: bradtort at Fri Aug 19 10:44:53 2005  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by bradtort ]  
   

I livein Missouri, and the conditions here have been on the hot and humid side lately. Temps in the 90-100 range.

I've kept my russians out from spring to fall the last four years. I've noticed that during these hot stretches they spend more time inside their tortoise house (wooden hide box) during the peak heat of the day, and do most of their grazing and basking in morning/evening. They also dig short tunnels and scrapes under plant routes, logs and rocks.

Mine have full access to the sun all day. Do your guys get some artificial light when they are in the garage? If they are only getting 3-4 hours of light (sun or artificial), that would probably cause them to slow down, too.


   

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