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Post  jordan1325 on Wed Sep 14, 2011 5:48 am

this morning it was pretty cold and i havent even seen them start to dig!! they been kept inside so this year i dicided to make an outdoor inclosure and keep em out year long but they wont burrow!!!!!!!
any suggestions???...please
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Post  gatsu7 on Wed Sep 14, 2011 5:58 am

I don't keep tortoises, but I would think that it is still a little early for them to be thinking about hibernation. It hit 100 degrees yesterday.

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Post  Cameron on Wed Sep 14, 2011 6:13 am

How big are they and how long have they been outside? I haven't seen my male since mid July. One of the three females has been buried since the beginning of August and the other two come out every other day or so. It has been so hot this year that they have burrowed down to avoid the heat. Mine are full grown adults and have been outdoors for the past 2 years every day. I wouldn't worry about yours yet though, unless it's not an adult. If it is a younger one, I would bring it in when it is going to be cool, just to be safe. If it's an adult, then I would just let it do what it does. Something else, what kind of enclosure is it in? The dirt/substrate that is in there may need to be tilled in order for it to burrow, especially if it's a younger one. It also needs to be fairly deep.

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Post  jordan1325 on Wed Sep 14, 2011 6:37 am

i have one smaller female and two full grown adults one male one female
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Post  jordan1325 on Wed Sep 14, 2011 6:38 am

what is tilled scratch
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Post  jordan1325 on Wed Sep 14, 2011 6:46 am

never mind its where you break up the dirt with a hoe right
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Post  Snakeman on Wed Sep 14, 2011 7:01 am

Jordan,

Plowed/turned with a shovel.

IMO it's too early for them to dig in for the winter.

Remember where they are from.

Oklahoma winters don't compare.

I agree with Cameron though.

I'd bring the smaller one in before we get a hard freeze just to be safe.

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