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Posted: 24/03/2013 by vickypointer


I have had my tortoise for 10 years and I think he is about 40 years old - inherited him.  He always hibernates around mid October and I look out for him coming out of hibernation around beginning of March (one year he stayed out all winter in the garden because I couldn't find him but still emerged at the same time).  He woke up at the same time this year (it was a sunny day) (by the way he is kept in the shed in a wooden box surrounded by hay and newspaper) he spent the afternoon out and was quite mobile. I put him in at night, but since then he has gone back to sleep probably because it is so cold I suppose.  I am just concerned as time is marching on and he has been asleep far longer than usual.  Should I bring him indoors or leave him?  No sure when this weather is going to improve.  By the way we do live in the very south of England.  Can you help.

Re: Vicky
Posted: 24/03/2013 by Tom

Bring it in. When it is warm & active place it in 1cm of tepid water. Repeat this twice a day for a week. It should feed within 24 hours, if not, check it has a 'basking area' at about 28-30C for 10hrs daily.
Your hibernation method is risky. Download the free booklet on hibernation on the "Tortoise Trust" website. Let us know when feeding commences. Good Luck.Tom

Re: Vicky
Posted: 25/03/2013 by TPGDarren

Hi Vicky,
The weather this year hasn't been particularly kind to tortoises:-( As Tom has said you really need to keep him warm. Once they have woken from hibernation, it isn't a good idea to let them go back down again. Is there a warm area in your house where you can keep him until the weather improves. He would need a basking light in order to create a hotspot. If you're very welcome to pm me, I'm more than happy to have a chat with you if need be.

Kindest Regards


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