Sunday, February 19, 2012

Hibernation...

Who would have thought that my new pet in the classroom, Squirtle the Turtle, would go into hibernation....

It happened shortly after we got him.  He stopped eating and started gaining fat pockets around his legs.  He became inactive and I got worried....So, I took him to Pet Smart and spoke with the reptile specialist who had helped me purchase him.  Sure enough...he had gone into hibernation!

Why?  Well it is cold in my classroom!  Our county decided to regulate our temperatures in the classroom at a cooler temperature.  They turn the heat off on the weekends, too!  My students are always chilly and I guess it was too cold for Squirtle. 

Some observations we have made....he doesn't completely sleep.  He does move around a tiny bit, but not much.  He likes to stay in the water more often now.


More updates will follow...

5 comments:

  1. What an interesting thing for your students to see first hand!!

    - Lisa
    a teachers bag of tricks

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  2. That is so cool. Our classrooms go down to 60 overnight and it takes all day to finally heat up with the old single pane windows. My critters are home for the winter because of that.

    2B Honey Bunch
    The Best Endings

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  3. Hi there, I just found your blog...very cute! My daughter has 2 baby turtles...they are so cute. I teach first in Calif...come by and visit my blog sometime. I'm your newest follower and will have to pop in more to see what you are up to with your critters. :o)
    Vicky
    Traditions,
    Laughter and Happily Ever After

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  5. I love your blog and it is warm and friendly. You are very lucky to have pets in your classroom and I am a new follower of Squirtle and your blog. Deb at Fabulously First Blog

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