Tortoises in the News
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I found/lost a tortoise.
Is your tortoise brumating yet?
Most tortoises brumate by mid November
Tortoises have their own schedules! They usually go into and emerge from brumation at just about the same date each year.
What should you expect within the Mojave range?
- This year we had reports of tortoises brumating in mid September.
- Last year some tortoises were out at Thanksgiving!
If your tortoise doesn't brumate fairly soon, check for illness. A sick tortoise should not brumate.
Where should a tortoise brumate?
- Outside in a snug, well-insulated burrow
- Temperature between 35 and 50 degrees
If your burrow is not ready yet, click here for instructions on brumating a tortoise in an unheated room or garage.
Should I feed my tortoise if it comes out?
No. But if your tortoise browses, it's okay. It should be browsing less and less. Let the digestive system clear out for brumation.