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Sleepy Tort
Posted: 10/12/2014 by

Hello, I have had my hermans tortoise for 2 years, she is 3 years old and has never  hibernated. She is healthy and a good weight.   However she decided to hibernate herself,  so after a few days I turned her sun lamp off and put her in a box in the unheated cupboard.  I am checking her daily and thi smorning she came out of the box where I had a  little hole cut out for  her.  Her eyes were closed but her arms and legs were out.  I have put her back in but wonder what to do for the best.  I dont want to use the fridge meathod, I do have a chilly unheated conservatory, would it be best to put her in there??
Thank you for any advice offered.

Re: Sleepy Tort
Posted: 11/12/2014 by Tom


The problem is that there may be undigested food in the gut. If so, you are taking a big risk.
You need to carefully read (or re-read) the Hibernation info on this site. 

You mention a "chilly conservatory" - yes it may be of use if you prepare an area with a large cardboard box, filled with some form of insulation, away from windows & place the tort. (gut empty) in a box within it.
However you need to obtain a max/min thermometer & take readings over at least a week. You need a temp of 3 - 5C. With hibe., temp. is all important.


Re: Sleepy Tort
Posted: 11/12/2014 by Tom

Re: Sleepy Tort
Posted: 12/12/2014 by

Hi Tom Thank you for your response, it's much appreciated!  Yes I will take Bailey out of the box today.  I will read the hibernation instructions again (it was a while ago that I read them) I don't want to take any chances.

Thank you


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