Your Tortoise in Hibernation
Once your tortoise is hibernating in the fridge the door of the fridge will need to be open daily
for about 1 minute for air exchange.
You can alternatively run some piping through the seal in the fridge door.
Your tortoise will need careful monitoring during it's hibernation.
This will alert you to anything going wrong.
Thermometers should be checked at various points of the day and a physical check and weigh will be needed weekly.
Within a couple of days your tortoise should settle down.
When making the checks do it at the time of day that is coolest to minimize the risk of disturbing your tortoise.
A couple of minutes observing and weighing your tortoise should not disturb it.
Check the cloaca area is clean and dry and there are no signs of defecation or urination.
If your tortoise urinates during hibernation you will need to get it up
because it could easily dehydrate.
Some tortoises defecate in the first week or so of hibernation,this is ok just remove the poo.
Also check that the nose is dry and clear.
Weigh your tortoise and keep a record of how it's weight is changing.
A safe guideline is that your tortoise should not lose more than 1% of it's body weight per month.
You will find that during the first couple of weeks your tortoise may lose a little weight this is due to your tortoise settling down and being a little active.
If your tortoise does lose more than 1% in the first month do not panic.
You will find that a few more weeks into hibernation your tortoise will not be losing any
weight and therefore it will average out over the total hibernation period.