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Discussion in 'North American Tortoises (genus Gopherus)' started by orv, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. orv

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    This afternoon I was working in the yard, and I thought I'd rake out our California Desert Tortoises hide. In doing so I moderately changed the entrance hole with the desire of keeping out potential future flooding. We've had some real gully-washers here in our high desert this summer and a fair amount of flooding has occurred, bringing dirt into the hide. What I found interesting is that one of our darlings immediately eschewed the existing hide and began digging a new one. Ha! I thought that I was being helpful, but I guess not so much. After digging for about half an hour, I fed the spoiled brat and placed him back in the old borough for the night. I wonder if the digging will continue again in the morning? This has been typical in the early Spring, but now, as we approach Fall?. How has your experience been?
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    My guys also hate it when I clean their place. Once I had to put dirt and some poop back in to make them stay there. That worked very well!
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    I'll have to remember that about the poop saving. I've normally disposed of it. Today, all seems to have returned to normal. Up early, sun on the mound in front of hide, breakfast and then a nap. Up this afternoon for a soak followed by a walk, dinner and early to bed. Ohhh . . . was that my day or the tortoises? Hard to tell.
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    Carol S Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    My Desert Tortoises are going to be real mad at me in next month or so as I cover up their burrows, and they have to go into their hibernation house. I cover up their burrows with plywood.

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