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#1 june

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:31 AM

Hello there,

I would greatly appreciate some advice as a matter of urgency.. My tortoise began hibernating a few days ago when we had the cold 2C day and night here in Dovercourt, but yesterday awoke in the outhouse.

He has now not eaten for 5 weeks as he began the winding down process 5 weeks ago naturally, and I am concerned that he is not going to get a natural hibernation with today like spring again. But it is too late not too now that he hasnt eaten for so long.

My question is: Can I put him in fridge now 5C ? I would ideally like to do this asap after taking forthcoming advice.

Many thanks

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June

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 11:28 AM

Hi June,
It can take a tortoise a little while to settle into hibernation. In this case your tortoise has woken up after a few days. Sometimes this happens. As long as it doesn't happen after a lengthy period. I would place him back in the fridge at temps of 5C to continue his hibernation. He should be fine. Take care.
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Posted 30 October 2012 - 08:57 PM

Hello
Like Freddy says it can take a few days for tort to settle into hibernation,you should be okay if you are using the fridge method now he should settle down soon,temps have been warm here today it does not help when hibernatiing outside ,mine are winding down and will be hibernating in there outside house.
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#4 june

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:34 PM

Thank you ever so much for your advice..it is so appreciated as I have been at my wits end..realising it was my mistake by letting him stay outside this year as I believed the milder autumn was ok for him, but then the cold snap came...he is again winding down and will put him in fridge tomorrow or day after (having a new one delivered ) Again thank you for your advice..I feel confident that he will come through now..

Take care June :)




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