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  1. JackieJax

    Tortimer is just awesome... even though he hates me

    Tortimer hates being soaked. I do it, but he hates it. I recently got him a kiddie pool thinking maybe more space than a bath tub, large storage container, etc would help... but then I learned that though he acts like he can't go up a ramp to the little garden I made him... he can certainly...
  2. JackieJax

    Tortimer is just awesome... even though he hates me

    Hahaha that's sooo funny. I was looking through the forum with the search of "does my tortiose hate me" "why does my tortiose hate me" "tortiose hate" and most of the results popped up under the Russian tortiose tags hahahaha So with my Sulcata there is still hope? He's 5 and I got him over 8...
  3. JackieJax

    Tortimer is just awesome... even though he hates me

    He still won't let me pet him, but I still love him. LoL
  4. JackieJax

    5 year old doesnt want to be in the heat

    Before I received him, the original owners "hibernated" him with their desert tortiose. When I got him, I had already read otherwise. So I'm also wondering since he was raised with much colder temperatures and having to go without food and water for so long out of the year, if that could have...
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    5 year old doesnt want to be in the heat

    Wooo!!! I lowered the temperature to 80 and he started going back to his home on his own. I did completely clean out his house on Monday and he was very upset with me. I've never heard him grunt and walk around his house so much. After a few hours I threw in one of his dirty coconut fiber...
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    5 year old doesnt want to be in the heat

    I always felt a little weird about how people believe reptiles are. Most people believe reptiles are unloving and incapable of a lot of ways of thinking and emotions... just as they did with dogs and all other animals until this most recent century. But perhaps it's wishful thinking to think...
  7. JackieJax

    Snowbirding with a a sulcata

    I understand this struggle. I've asked a similar question before because my husband and I have to move to Utah temporarily from Southern California for 5 years. Because I'm serious about all of my promises I make to any life buddy (all pets) giving him up was not an option. I've never given up...
  8. JackieJax

    5 year old doesnt want to be in the heat

    Lol I was talking about myself... as a human lol
  9. JackieJax

    5 year old doesnt want to be in the heat

    My habitat is around 100-110 degrees in the summer. Between 50-70 degrees during the winter. But I indeed find that I like 68-72 degrees the best. LoL
  10. JackieJax

    5 year old doesnt want to be in the heat

    Thank you everyone! I'll lower the temp to 80 and make sure he's inside for the night. You are all awesome!
  11. JackieJax

    5 year old doesnt want to be in the heat

    That makes a lot of sense. Because a couple of days prior to the last couple of nights that I mentioned, he was sleeping close to his door. (Though the door is insulated and once he's locked in for the night it gets all to the same temperature within 10 or so minutes
  12. JackieJax

    5 year old doesnt want to be in the heat

    I have a thermostat that adjusts the temperature with two probes on each end of the box. Closest to the heater is 90 degrees, farthest from the heater is 87 when the door is open. Then the door is closed, it's all 90 degrees. Now I'm thinking that maybe I'll make him a "cool" room to attach to...
  13. JackieJax

    5 year old doesnt want to be in the heat

    I got him last year and he was inside and outside for about a month while I was building his house. His prior owners had him outside his entire life. He never started in an aquarium from what I know.
  14. JackieJax

    5 year old doesnt want to be in the heat

    Ah okay! For the last few months he's had a routine of checking around his house and going inside and covering himself up for the night around 4pm. That totally makes sense... the last couple of days have been a lot hotter than it's been, so I've just had it too hot for his liking. So I'll lower...
  15. JackieJax

    5 year old doesnt want to be in the heat

    It's around 80-95 degrees now... but my tortiose keeps finding areas that are around 60-75 degrees in the yard or through the doggie door in the garage. He has an 8×4 box with a heater (one of Tom's blueprints) that is set to 90 degrees and the last couple of nights he chose to sleep outside...
  16. JackieJax

    Does anyone have anger issues/prone to violence?

    Any update? It's been about 3 years since this post. How are you doing?
  17. JackieJax

    Is Tortimer getting uhhh... frisky? And other questions

    Tortimer is 5 years old... possibly approaching 6 years old and he's around 50 lbs. He's been sleeping through the warm/hot days and coming out around late afternoon and going back in his house around dusk. So he spends around 20 hours a day in his house instead of out and about like he used to...
  18. JackieJax

    Moving to Utah with Tortimer

    Update! We found a friend that is willing to take Tortimer in during the cool-cold months. We agreed that I would just instacart his food weekly.
  19. JackieJax

    Moving to Utah with Tortimer

    We're buying for sure. We wanted to me able to add an enclosed and heated Catio for the cats. And add heated floors. I dont do well under 60°, so we have to make sure we make the house is a decent habitat for me too. I'm basically a reptile myself. In another forum, I saw that someone lined a...
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