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Desert Tortoise Help and Hibernation

Discussion in 'Tortoises' started by dieseldragon, Oct 13, 2013.

  1. dieseldragon

    dieseldragon Well-Known Member

    I have a friend who found a desert tortoise that was obviously a pet roaming thru her yard trying to get in the fence and then followed her around so she kept it and obtained a permit but now she can't get a hold of anyone to answer her questions. she has a 12x12 fenced area for him and he's taken to sleeping by the house in an old dog house. he eats alfalfa and green leaf lettuce kale zucchini and sometimes green beans. is this the right diet? also dusted with reptivite or calcium without d3. should she be feeding him anything else. its already been getting pretty cold at night so he sleeps in the laundry room then goes back out during the day. what is the best way to set up his enclosure? also what exactly do you do for hibernation and when should it start? the only answer she's been getting when its extremely cold put him in a box with hay and waits til he wants to come out...... she wants better info than that.
    Also he's pretty big, about 10-12 lbs and 10-12in across.
  2. lopez82

    lopez82 Elite Member

    How long has your friend had the tortoise? Its generally not advised to let your tortoise brumate until after you've had it for at least a year.

    As for diet, ideally it should consist of native grasses, weeds, and flowers that grow within its native range. Someone who can better explain the diet should be able to help you there.
  3. dieseldragon

    dieseldragon Well-Known Member

    Since the beginning of august. that's the thing she keeps getting conflicting advice or advice that doesn't help at all like "once it gets REALLY cold put bhim in a box" so when it gets too cold in the day time should she make a pen in the garage with a heat lamp instead of the hibernation box?

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