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my tortoises Burrowing themselves Underground

Discussion in 'Greek tortoises' started by Athcc, Sep 24, 2019.

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  1. Athcc

    Athcc New Member

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    hello how are you. I have 2 tortoise.


    sometimes they disappear underground for hours. and all night.

    my questions are:

    is it healthy? should I leave them until they decide to come out by themselves?

    and most importantly how do they breath underground?

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    Most likely fine, I would leave them. What type of tortoise?
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    THey need shade. They are finding the cool spots
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Tortoise Club

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    Greek tortoises are very good at "hiding" their digging spot. They're looking for a cool spot to be able to cool down their body. Is there any shade in their enclosure? You can give them a cooling soak in water occasionally too. Maybe if they had a nice artificial cave to retreat into they wouldn't bury themselves. Most tortoises retreat into a safe cave to spend the night away from predators.
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    My Greek burrows every night, and occasionally gets into “digging moods” and wants to bury herself in odd places
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