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Hermann Tortoise Hibernation

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#1 carlettsimmance


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Posted 14 September 2015 - 06:16 AM

Hi. We got a Hermann Tortoise in June and are new to Tortise husbandry. He is in the Conservatory at the moment in an indoor cage but has been out in the garden on sunny days. He now appears to be getting ready for hibernation, as he isn't moving round, is snuggled under some bedding and hasn't eaten for about 5 days. We are bathing him and he appears otherwise well. We feel this is too early though and are not sure what to do?? We've read on forums but joined yours to get on going help and advice. Any help/advice great fully appreciated as we don't want to lose him. Carlett.

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Posted 14 September 2015 - 07:41 AM

They all start to slow down at this time of year, so you will see a change. Keep an eye on temps under the lamp as they will change as the background temps change. You mention bedding, if this is anything like hay, then it's best removed, as this can make them I'll, so it would be difficult to know if it was the temp or something else stopping him from eating. You need to get him out and give him a warm bath daily to encourage eating and mustn't just leave him be for five days or he will lose too much weight to be able to hibernate when the time comes. Are you monitoring his weight? Is he from a breeder or pet shop?

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