Out of hibernation! Woot!

RosemaryDW

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Newport Coast, CA
After three and a half months in the fridge, we felt we had a good chance of sun the following weekend and started slowly raising temps from forty degrees last Saturday, hoping to get to fifty-five or so before she got angsty.

Didn’t happen. Addy was READY to go before she hit 50 degrees so we put her in her heated box this morning, with the door shut and the heat at sixty. Things got sunny and warm around two so I opened the door. Within two minutes she was out, eating a rose petal. I gave her a soak and she trundled off to bask

I got home at five pm to find her basking on the door to her box, which gets the last sun of the day.

One more soak and she went to bed. About as good a hibernation as one could hope for and a relief after last year’s respiratory infection.

We say this about Russians all the time, how active they are in the spring, but it really has to be seen to be believed!
 

KarenSoCal

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Tortoise Club
Platinum Tortoise Club
Location (City and/or State)
Low desert 50 mi SE of Palm Springs CA
After three and a half months in the fridge, we felt we had a good chance of sun the following weekend and started slowly raising temps from forty degrees last Saturday, hoping to get to fifty-five or so before she got angsty.

Didn’t happen. Addy was READY to go before she hit 50 degrees so we put her in her heated box this morning, with the door shut and the heat at sixty. Things got sunny and warm around two so I opened the door. Within two minutes she was out, eating a rose petal. I gave her a soak and she trundled off to bask

I got home at five pm to find her basking on the door to her box, which gets the last sun of the day.

One more soak and she went to bed. About as good a hibernation as one could hope for and a relief after last year’s respiratory infection.

We say this about Russians all the time, how active they are in the spring, but it really has to be seen to be believed!
This is music to my ears! I'm glad I'm not the only one on here who uses a fridge. I can't imagine doing it any other way.

But I need to buy a fridge...he has grown out of this one.
 

Mo & Bolt

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Location (City and/or State)
Uk
Here in uk we have had a warm week 17 -20 degrees . So are got my 2 torts out of the fridge sat their hibernation boxes in the sun , and about 30 mins later they were up and getting out. Warm soak , food , sun bathe , and stared fighting again. So off to separate pens . Overnighting in their summer house boxes with heat lamps.
Now we are threaten with snow and it's only 7 outside. So it's in and out, in and out ha ha. And so the active tortoise care continues .
 

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