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#1 polesworth

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 07:06 PM

Our tort has decided that she wants to hibernate very early this year. She is about 6 or 7 years old, 13.5 cm and 515g at the moment. She has been hibernating in the fridge for the past 3 years. She was up in the 1st week in March this year, which is when I normally heat her up.Usually she slows down towards the end of September and goes into the fridge mid to late October. But this year she just keeps digging in. I've tried un-digging her and settting her in the sun (it was 26C at the weekend), but she just wants to dig in again.

She hasn't really eaten much during August, I think she put on a lot earlier in the sumer. What should I do? I could take her inside, but usually she is only inside early in spring.

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 06:45 AM

I'd take her inside to get her warmed up under a basking lamp and see if she livens up and starts eating properly again. At least that way you can monitor her for a few more weeks to make sure she's healthy before you hibernate her and then you'd be sure that this inactivty is purely down to the weather and not due to any other underlying causes.

It's natural for them to dig down when the weather is as awful as it has been this summer.... but I hear that we're in for a few more nice days still and it'd be a shame for her to miss them because she'd been put in the fridge early. ;)

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 05:31 PM

Hello Stuart
I would bring her in and warm her up otherwise she would be for a long hibernation in the fridge,our weather this year has not helped our little one's,have her weight checks been okay this year?
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Posted 11 September 2012 - 06:36 PM

I have dug her up again and brought her in. She didn't seem pleased, but I told her it was for her own good. It just seemed that she wanted to hibernate, and how should I know better the she does? She has been putting on weight fine this year, following a similar pattern to previous years. Most weight gain during April/May a dip in June then up again in July/August. Her weight gain percentage is also comparable with other years.
Now she's in she'll not manage to dig under, but I’ll put her out again at the weekend if it's fine and see what she thinks.

Thanks for the replies.
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Posted 14 September 2012 - 10:27 PM

My girls have started to slow up very early this year too. Their shed has it's heat controlled on a thermostat as is their greenhouse.
Despite keeping their temps up they have taken to staying in their hides even on these really bright sunny days. I have got them up at around 10 am put them under their lamps gone back an hour later to feed them only to find most have sloped back off to bed.
Nobody is eating very much.
And yet the boys are all up and basking before 7.30 am but go to bed as soon as they have been fed!

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Posted 23 September 2015 - 12:13 PM

I am having the same problem. Fred has been digging down and not eating for the last couple of weeks. Any sliver of sun I have got him out and warmed him up, bathed him etc, but he just keeps going back to sleep and not eating.
He's a stubborn old boy, 38, and has lived his whole life in a garden doing his own thing. (We've only had him 3 years)
Previously he's been scoffing fresh fruit and veg and stomping round his enclosure so I'm sure he's well just reacting to the weather changes.
I've contacted the vet to discuss him bit when I got him up today he was really asleep and cold, took him quite a while to wake up. He refused food but did start walking around the garden.
I feel mean keep forcing him up, think I'll let him sleep and then make sure he's up early in the spring. He hated the tortoise table when we brought him in last winter.
He's far more worry the the rest of the pets!

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Posted 27 September 2015 - 09:55 AM

This is a very old topic and might be best put under a new heading so more people see it. Fruit and veg are not good especially close to hibernation as the fruit will upset the gut flora allowing parasites to flourish and the veg will possibly deplete calcium levels. How much extra Heat are you offering?




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