What Age To HibernateHibernation age
Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:21 PM
Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:34 PM
No need to worry just yet.
2/3 years old is time enough to hibernate your tortoise.
Hope this helps.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 10:41 PM
Posted 14 April 2012 - 07:11 AM
I haven't hibernated my young tort yet. I only got him last September and wanted to give him the first year to settle in. That way I can ensure that he is fighting fit and has sufficient fat stores before I let him have the big sleep.
Posted 14 April 2012 - 07:34 AM
Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:16 PM
Posted 14 April 2012 - 02:45 PM
It would be pointless hibernating Norman for just 4 weeks as it wouldn't be worth your while and would be of no benefit to him.
Best to go with the minimum length recommended for a first time hibernation, which is 8 weeks.
For more information see also the hibernation link on the home page. Hope this helps.
Posted 15 April 2012 - 05:23 AM
Posted 15 April 2012 - 07:53 PM
In the wild torts obviously hibernate from their first winter, but... the mortality rate is said to be higher, and so then you have to weigh up risk. In keeping torty as a pet I wouldn't hibernate this year. A lady with lots of experience that used to post regularly said she never hibernated a tort under 35g. As a new keeper just enjoy getting to know your little shelled one. The 14 hour light thing is to try and trick torty into thinking it is summer.
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