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hibernation
Posted: 22/12/2013 by simp

Hi every one I don't hibinate my tortoise she a 4 year old horsefield ,but she seems to gone and hibinated her self ,I've kept her heat light on as normal around 29 and 14 at night her bedroom area is around 24 in the day .I am a little worried that she did not stop eating I can some times hear her moving ,he Ben a sleep for about 2 weeks now ,should I wake her 

Re: hibernation
Posted: 24/12/2013 by Tom

Hello,


Can you explain your set-up type please ? A photo or two would save a long explanation.

Regards,
Tom

Re: hibernation
Posted: 25/12/2013 by simp

Hi Tom it's a table top with a 2nd layer which is like the up stairs part it has a ceramic heat lamp at one end and uv light ,the heat lamp is set around 28 in the day and 14 at night I've changed from a viv about 2 months ago I some times here her moving I try and send a picture cheers Simon 

Re: hibernation
Posted: 27/12/2013 by Tom

Thank you for the reply.

If it has fed well during the year, ( hopefully you have dated monthly weight records), I suggest that allow it to hibernate. It is a natural process.
As a precaution, make sure there is a further 10 to 12 days starvation, in which it cannot retreat to a cool area. 14C at night is fine. Gently soak in tepid water for 10 mins or so daily. When defacacation ceases it's ready. 
Follow the hibe info in the green box on the left. 
If you give it only 8 or 10 weeks, it will give you confidence next year.

Happy New Year,
Tom

Re: hibernation
Posted: 27/12/2013 by simp

Thanks ,she did put Weight on through the year quite well cheers

 

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