Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Getting “Teacher” Settled.

Today, Jay and I studied what we had to do to stop Teacher, (cos he ‘tort’ us), the tortoise,  from hibernating.  We had to go to Conroe to get him a heat/UVB bulb, and a brick of coir ( compressed coconut expandable substrate).

Finding the right bulb for less than $80+ was a several store search.  Finally we settled for a heat bulb, and Jay said he will walk him on the sunny days for his all important UV light.  We didn’t even know if we could bring him out of this pseudo hibernation state that he is in right now. But we fixed him up in a big container of sand and coir, with the heat light on him.

We didn’t get home until after 3 pm.  I hadn’t had any lunch, but was back on the road to our town to put out the signs for the yard sale, and run two errands for neighbors, before it got dark.

When I got back, the heat had done the trick, Teacher was wide awake, clamoring to get out of the 50 gallon Rubbermaid container!  I don’t mean to be gross, but he had also pooped, which meant he was not ready to hibernate, so we did a good thing.  They completely stop eating a while before they hibernate, so that their innards will be empty or they will get sick and die.

He was digging away at the sand mixture having a right good time, and the foster cats were fascinated.  After a while I had to turn the heat lamp off, so he would go to sleep for the night.

Which is what I need to do, a busy day.

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