Lights for How Long?

by andrea
(birmingham, england)

I have a hatchling greek spur thigh tortoise he is just a month old. I wake him every morning about 7 with a warm bath while I dampen his enclosure and prepare his food or the day. After his bath I place him under the heat lamp (a combination uva/uvb/heat lamp 100w) he becomes quite active at about 8am eats well and explores his enclosure by about 2-3pm he goes to his hide and sleeps this is when I usually turn his lamp of because I dont see him til the next morning. Do hatchlings normally sleep this much and should I leave the light on for longer. I have read some advise that says the light should be on for 12 hours a day but my tortoise is now awake for that long?

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