March 01, 2004

Midori Awakes

After three months of hibernation, our red-eared slider turtle Midori is happily sprawled out on a blanket on my lap as I write this. She dozes off, then blinks and cocks an eye up at me, seems reassured I'm still there, and snoozes again.

She hadn't really been hibernating for some time, so we decided to officially wake her up. We keep her in the spare bedroom with the heat off in the winter, however since it's on the south side of the house, the temperature was getting as high as 15C recently -- certainly not conducive to hibernation.

She was a bit disoriented when we removed her from her hibernation tank, however she was soon basking in the late afternoon sun. She hasn't made any attempt to enter her normal tank in the living room, though I'm sure her stomach will soon inform her brain that she hasn't eaten anything in three months :-).

It's been quiet around here, but that's going to change!

Posted by Paul at March 1, 2004 06:16 PM