Our torti girl is getting ready to hibernate…but she doesn’t like the burrow that Todd built her.
Todd talked to an expert today, and he said that the desert tortoises winter burrows need to face south. Unfortunately, the wonderful summer burrow faces north….and Tortalee does not like it! She has not been sleeping in her house with the temps staring to dip! I found her the other morning, under a bush on the south wall of the house, groggy and grumpy.
Sooo…. we are going to embark on the construction of a new enclosure, that’s just off the back porch, with lots of sunny southern exposure for the winter. In the mean time, TL came in the house today (through the doggy door), to make her laps around the house. I think that she may be looking for a good place to hibernate in the house.
We have friends that keep desert tortoises and they let them hibernate in their house….in a box….in the closet! I just don’t see that happening here! But, I guess if that works, it works. But, hoping that TL will adapt to Todds Backyard (Outside the enclosed potty garden where she lives now), I thought that I would let our little torti girl out on the porch to investigate her future home. And, she had quite the time!
One of the first things she did, was wander off of the porch and find the pond. When she is attracted to water it usually means that she’s thirsty. So, before she plunged head first into the pond to drown, we turned the hose on the pavers and she waded and drank to her heart’s content….then made her way in the opposite direction, to explore some more!
Ohhhh! Prickly pear fruits…TL’s favorite! So, she made her way into the yard, finding all of the fallen fruit, (prickly pear). But what was really cool is that she got to discover the fruit herself, instead of being offered on a platter of veggie delicacies. She sampled various fallen fruits as she made her way deeper into Todd’s Backyard.
Tomorrow, Todd will be working on TL’s new space….It will be outside! …It will be facing South! …..And she will be sleepy, sleepy, happy, happy, there this winter!