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#1 Artea

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Posted 17 December 2019 - 06:23 PM

Evening all, just looking for a little advise regarding Big Dave.

For the last few weeks he has begun to sleep a lot more and is not eating much. When I do wake him to heat him up, he basically just goes back to his corner and buries himself.

The house is around 18-19 during the day due to being at work but even with his light on he isn't getting up. In the evenings it's around 22-23 and still no movement.

Is he attempting to hibernate? Should I be waking him all the time?

Any help. Would be great.

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Posted 20 December 2019 - 02:03 AM

Evening all, just looking for a little advise regarding Big Dave.

For the last few weeks he has begun to sleep a lot more and is not eating much. When I do wake him to heat him up, he basically just goes back to his corner and buries himself.

The house is around 18-19 during the day due to being at work but even with his light on he isn't getting up. In the evenings it's around 22-23 and still no movement.

Is he attempting to hibernate? Should I be waking him all the time?

Any help. Would be great.

Hi 

Sorry for the late reply, it's a busy time of year, how old is big Dave, have you checked the basking temperature to make sure that's high enough, also does the area have plenty of light where he is, at this time of year it's natural for them to be in hibernation and they sense the difference in the weather and temperature and it can be hard to keep them going through winter.

If your not planning on hibernating him, then yes wake him up on a regular basis, maybe try and give him a soak and offer food, then just keep an eye so he has good basking and ambient temperatures. x  :)



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Posted 20 December 2019 - 10:39 AM

Hi 
Sorry for the late reply, it's a busy time of year, how old is big Dave, have you checked the basking temperature to make sure that's high enough, also does the area have plenty of light where he is, at this time of year it's natural for them to be in hibernation and they sense the difference in the weather and temperature and it can be hard to keep them going through winter.
If your not planning on hibernating him, then yes wake him up on a regular basis, maybe try and give him a soak and offer food, then just keep an eye so he has good basking and ambient temperatures. x  :)


Also, in addition to Karen’s excellent advice, be aware that he can’t hibernate at room temps. If you’re going to hibernate him, it needs to be done properly at controlled temps of around 3-7 degrees ;)




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