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Post  Jumper on Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:06 pm

If you look real hard through the screen mesh and the log and about 8 inches of dirt you can see them.

I miss them ......they have been there since the end of september.
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Post  Snakeman on Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:35 am

Hey David I think I see one. Smile

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Post  Bryan on Sat Jan 29, 2011 5:26 pm

When I had Russians outside they would only bury up an inch or two. A stiff breeze would almost uncover them. I never lost one, though, even in the record cold of 1989.

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Post  Jumper on Sat Jan 29, 2011 6:13 pm

They had a little help from me. Prior to them digging in I had roto-tilled the heck out of their pen. This is their first winter outside and I was a little nevous about that. So I made the soil as loose as I could.
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Post  Jumper on Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:04 pm

When I came home for lunch today, the male russian was out and 1 of the females was still digging her way out. She is hard to see under the log.......she looks like a moving dirt clod.

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Post  Cameron on Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:58 pm

awesome man! mine are still dug down. i went outside today and checked on them. wish it would warm up!

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Post  sbender99 on Thu Feb 17, 2011 6:20 pm

I'd have never guessed you could keep them outside year long. Way cool! Very Happy

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Post  Jumper on Thu Feb 17, 2011 7:21 pm

Yea, it's been 5 months since I have seen them. Hope the other 2 girls are o.k. and come out soon.
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Post  Jumper on Fri Feb 18, 2011 4:33 pm

Took all day.....but girl number 3 made it out this far. 1 to go....

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Post  sbender99 on Fri Feb 18, 2011 6:50 pm

I got a feeling that the other will come out ok too.

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Post  Jumper on Sat Feb 19, 2011 9:50 am

I appreciate his enthusiasm but jeeez.....let her finish waking up!

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Post  Cameron on Sat Feb 19, 2011 1:58 pm

Jumper wrote: I appreciate his enthusiasm but jeeez.....let her finish waking up!


AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!! Laughing

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Post  Jumper on Fri Mar 04, 2011 4:59 pm

At last! My biggest female, the one that laid the egg last year, came out. Whew!! I was gettin' worried.


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Post  sbender99 on Fri Mar 04, 2011 5:14 pm

Grats! Thats Awsome!

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Post  Jumper on Sat Mar 05, 2011 6:04 pm

She went underground first, was there for almost 7 months.
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Post  Snakeman on Sat Mar 05, 2011 7:05 pm

Man !!
That's so cool !!

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Post  Zak on Sun Mar 06, 2011 12:03 pm

Nice!!
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Post  Cameron on Sun Mar 06, 2011 4:52 pm

mine are still under ground. i wonder if i should try and dig them up? any thoughts on this?

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Post  Jumper on Sun Mar 06, 2011 5:09 pm

If you do dig them up to check on them, they say to not let them get back below 50 degrees. Hydrate them right away by soaking, and start offering food.
If your tortoise bed does not recieve sun most of the day.....maybe they are still cool and slow getting up.
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Post  Snakeman on Sun Mar 06, 2011 5:32 pm

I'd vote to leave them alone.

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Post  Cameron on Sun Mar 06, 2011 6:38 pm

ok, i'll resist my urges and leave them be. like you said, David...their pen gets sun from around 9 am till around 4:30 pm. they might not be getting as warm as yours yet. thanks guys.

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