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Brumating Question?

Hello folks.  Gotta question for ya all. Well I have a russian tortoise and he is a he.  LOL.  Well I guess I live in climate weather, but I still provide for him UVB and temperatures well into the 80's on the warm side.  He recently started to dig holes for weeks on end and he was driving me crazy.  I provided him food and he ate heartily.  Until today I found him under the water dish or more like the pool all insulated and barely moving.  Literally scared the bejeezers out of me, I thought he was dead!  He wasn't  he was well functioning, but I wonder if he was beginning to brumate and found a place that was suitable for stuff like that.  So, is he in brumation or uh... and if he is what can I do?  Should I still leave his sunlight lamp on and or heat lamp on?  Or if not what should I do?  I am pretty sure it's brumation, but I have never brumated a reptile before, despite of handling a russian tortoise previously for over 15 years.  Cueball never brumated on me.  Well this guy, BB I guess is a different guy, I guess more healthy and I suspect that he doesn't have parasites.  I fed him anti parasite food for the first four weeks that I had the bugger.  He's heavy and really healthy.  I am just concerned.  So please feedback is much appreciated!!    
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Is he digging with his back legs or front?
The back legs I remember. I am pretty sure it was the back legs because the sand in back of him was piled high.
He is likely a she.
If she does not feel better sonne get her to a vet. She may be egg bound.
Keep soaking her in warm-ish water and see if that helps.
I see. He/she is only less than 6 inches in diameter. I believe I looked at the tails. I don't know if egg bounding would be the word to describe it. But now my boyfriend says that he/she seen him do both front and back. I'm gonna do what you say. Anyway. A bath won't hurt.
I am pretty sure it is a male. He has a longer tale that curves for a horsefield tortoise. Females have a short tail and where their cloaca starts.
This is the one reason that kept me from getting a Russian. I couldn't do it! When Scarlet needs a day, I'll go 'n touch her back leg 'n if it moves then I'm relieved! She probably thinks I'm a pain in the ass!! :D
But sometimes animals know what they need 'n sometimes they need you to "read" them! I would say tortoises are very much harder to read though then any other animal! All I can give is a Good luck!! :) 'N not in a joking around kind of way, a seriously Good luck way!!
Thanks so much. He seems to be just digging around. Coming out to nibble then just digging around and staying there for a day. Gosh it annoys me. He bobbs his head constantly after I see him and poke him. It's like he is saying "you bother me. now go away!"