Really cute!!!!

by Joanna Langley
(Phelan, Calif)

I have just been given two small tortise's and I live in a higher elevation area. I am concerned about the snow and of course to the freezing temps that come with it. Do they aclaimate to those temps?

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Oct 16, 2010
Tortoises in cold weather
by: Shelly

Tortoises are cold blooded animals. That means that they take on the temperature of of their surroundings. So no, they don't acclimatize to cold places. They will freeze and die if the temperatures become too cold. Your choices are to keep your tortoise warm enough by using heat lamps or to allow your tortoise to hibernate IF it is a species that does hibernate in nature.

Note that hibernation is not necessarily easy and takes a great deal of preparation. If there is ANY food in the digestive tract when the hibernation begins, the food will rot and the tortoise will likely die. You need to know exactly which type of tortoise you have and then you need to find out exactly how to take the best care of your pet. If you find that you've bitten off more than you can chew, please take the animal to a rescue facility.

Keep it slow and steady.

Oct 16, 2010
by: Robaloie

What kind of tortoises?

are they inside?

The ideal temperature would be 70 to 90 degrees for most common tortoises.

However some can hibernate, others can't.

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