Leopard Tortoise Winter Housing

TortoiseBoy1999

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Ok so I am probably going to get a 9" inch Leopard tortoise soon. But how would I go about housing him in the winter? Should I try hibernating him? Should I keep him in the garage? Or should I try housing him outside. Thank you for the input.
 

Greg T

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all depends on your winter climate. First, leopards don't hibernate, so not an option. They also generally don't like temps below 60 and sunny, so if your temps drop below that then you need a plan. You can build a winter house with a heater, or house them in the garage which is what I do. How much effort and expense do you want to put into this?
 

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I don't want to spend that much but I am willing to put in a as much effort as I need to.
 

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Keeping a leopard in the colder states does take a lot of money. They aren't the smallest species and will need to have a large heated enclosure for winter. If you can't spend that much money, maybe a smaller species that can live in a smaller enclosure or that does hibernate for winter would be better for you.
 

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Cost alot of money in winter? ? What my light bill was only 600-700 in the winter . Reptilian keeping isn't cheap by no means . But try having a welding shop too . Oil filled heaters, timers and thermostats are your best friends in winter .
 

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My power company informs me every year that my electricity use is far beyond my neighbors in the winter. That's due to 5 UVB lights, one CHE, two filters and one aquarium heater. In the summer, with most of the crew outdoors and no air conditioner, our power usage is far below the neighbors. Does it average out? Nope.
 

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