Estivation & Rain

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Re: Estivation & Rain

Postby Tracy33 » Mon Sep 07, 2015 11:44 pm

Thanks for that Andy , and as alway's , very good photo's .
I love seeing these wild torts in actoin . :)
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Re: Estivation & Rain

Postby Tortoise Trust » Tue Sep 08, 2015 5:57 am

Everything is still dead, vegetation-wise, but in a week.... I'll take some photos and show you.

They are eating the (now wet) dead stuff. VERY high fibre! Sort of like tortoise all-bran on steroids.

What I find interesting is that the estivation holes/scrapes are identical to those used for hibernation. Same kind of depth, everything.Surface temperatures were in excess of 60C (140F) this year. This was 5th July:

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It is clearly very effective.
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Re: Estivation & Rain

Postby Tortoise Trust » Tue Sep 08, 2015 9:56 am

Incidentally... when it rains here, it is quite different from what you typically see in the UK - closer to what happens in Arizona with flash flooding. This was yesterday, in Adra, about 100Km from here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNS9ub8EvD4

It is extremely dangerous. Several people were killed in this yesterday.
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Re: Estivation & Rain

Postby Clara » Tue Sep 08, 2015 2:08 pm

Fiippin 'eck! That rain reminds me of my time in SE Asia - wondered why they had such big storm drains until the rainy season came!

Was going to ask you about the scrapes since they looked the same as your hibernation photos. Seem to serve the same purpose in protecting them from extreme climatic conditions :)

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Re: Estivation & Rain

Postby Tortoise Trust » Tue Sep 15, 2015 6:00 am

Here's how the vegetation is now looking. It really does come along very quickly...

There is actually some GREEN again out there! It is a good time of year for tortoises.

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