Wake me when it’s spring

Patches has started sleeping longer every day. It’s still warm during the day, but the nights are becoming cooler. All of our outdoor tortoises and turtles are starting to slow down.

If you follow us on Instagram you may remember Patches was dropped off at one of Mr. Zoo’s clinics. We weren’t expecting another tortoise and didn’t have a habitat ready. We found an open spot in the yard and built the block wall fence and burrow.

We choose a spot by the Russian tortoises and box turtles, under a tree adjacent to our fish pond. It was still full on summer weather at the time; scorching hot days with little relief. As the seasons change, so does the angle of the sun and less sun is falling on Patches’ enclosure. Tortoises need sunshine (UV light) to help produce Vitamin D3 which aids in the absorption and metabolism of calcium and other essential vitamins and minerals. Patches will hibernate through the winter, so he won’t miss the sun, but we want to get him a sunnier spot by the spring.

We have a few acres and are hoping to do major work on our yard this winter. On the list is a better spot for Patches, a bigger spot for the sulcatas, and a spot for Poblano, our little leopard tortoise who is growing at an alarming rate. While our animals are asleep for the winter we’ll be hard at work making things better for them come springtime.

Thanks for reading and have a happy animal filled day!  Mrs. Zoo

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