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#1 Tracey.Edwards16

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 07:38 PM

Good evening.

Having read lots of posts regarding hibernation I decided this evening to calculate Tori's BDR. This worked out to be 0.178 (9cm in length & 130g in weight and is 2 years old)

Am I not feeding enough? Should I be feeding more to get this BDR up?

Any advice greatfully received.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 07:25 PM

Hi Tracey,
Personally, I would say your tortoise needs to put on a little more weight. A tortoise's true BDR can depend on its overall shape and captive tortoises can differ in this regard. In fact most weight for length ratios are based on perfectly grown wild specimens.
This is a hard one to call but my advice would be if your tortoise has been eating well over the season and is otherwise healthy then you should hibernate it for the minimum 8 week period. This is best done during the months of December and January. All going well your tortoise should lose very little weight during the hibernation process. Hope this helps. Best of luck.
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#3 Tracey.Edwards16

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 07:41 PM

Thanks Freddie.

How much would you say they should be eating at this time of year?

Many thanks

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 08:11 PM

Hi Tracey,
To be honest most tortoises tend to slow down and eat a little less this time of year. As long as Tori doesn't lose any more weight then I would proceed with hibernation. Take care.
Freddy




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