Substrate and hibernation

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    We just brought home a Greek tortoise, yearling about two months ago. I’m still debating on how to set up his substrate. Currently, I’m using a mixture of coconut hulls and alfalfa pellets. However, I think he enjoyed having some soil as well, not just the hard stuff. Is it ok to use soil you can buy at a garden center? Something organic, perhaps?

    We’ve also been hearing different advice as to hibernation. I believe our tortoise doesn’t need to hibernate, as we live in southern California. But in that case, should we allow the habitat to be cooler at night, and reduce the lighting per day, as it’s getting darker? Also, he seems to be eating a lot more now, and he’s filled out some. I don’t know if that’s an indication of him preparing to hibernate?

    Thanks for any help! 🙂

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