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#1 sellwin90

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Posted 15 September 2015 - 01:39 PM

I'm sure you guys are sick of these sort of threads as they're all the same but here it is anyway.

I'd like your opinions on hibernation for my little 'un.

I've had him since January. He had RNS when I first got him but it was cleared up and he has been in good health since.

He's supposedly 3 years old. When I got him he was 102g and is now 123g. In that time, his weight fluctuated a bit dropping to 94g at one point (weighed every week). He's grown from around 7.2cm ish to 8.2cm ish (although I'm not confident in my measuring skills at the start).

So, the first question is, is he in a fit enough state to hibernate?

If so, I'll be looking at a fridge hibernation which I'm in the process of reading up about but the biggest question is, what sort of fridge shall I purchase? I can't keep him in my normal fridge as it's almost always full but have read about smaller fridges not being good with temperature control.

Any advice appreciated and please post links to the sites you consider most helpful (I'm just looking at the one from the pinned thread "useful links" at the moment)

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Posted 15 September 2015 - 05:07 PM

You say he's supposedly three years old, do you have papers as they will say. When did he last have antibiotics as this will give an idea of whether he should hibernate or not, I'm thinking possibly not this year?

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Posted 15 September 2015 - 05:40 PM

His paperwork says hatched 2012 but he's come from a foreign country so I'm not going to wholey trust it.

He antibiotics back in Feb time ish

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Posted 15 September 2015 - 06:29 PM

Has he ever been wormed? If not then I'd skip hibernation this year with him being an import and just keep him ticking over with virtually no weight gain. If you do decide to hog or it this is how I do mine www.tortsmad.com/hibernation.htm

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Posted 15 September 2015 - 06:43 PM

The vets took a sample buy it came back negative except for a small trace or something which I believe to be normal?

What do you mean at the end about hog it

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Posted 15 September 2015 - 10:21 PM

Sorry, stupid iPad typo, that should have said 'if you do decide to go ahead' lol

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Posted 16 September 2015 - 09:24 AM

Ah gotcha! So your opinion would be to leave it this year then?

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Posted 29 September 2015 - 09:54 PM

Hi sue, sorry to pester but just want to make sure your opinion is to keep him up this year?

Also, what's the best way to worm him and when please?

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Posted 29 September 2015 - 10:04 PM

Hi sue, sorry to pester but just want to make sure your opinion is to keep him up this year?
Also, what's the best way to worm him and when please?


Oh sorry, been away and missed this. Yes if he was mine I would probably keep him up this year or give him a very late hibernation. Worming is best done mid summer. I use panacur paste for puppies and kittens ;)

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Posted 30 September 2015 - 09:29 AM

Will bear that in mind for next summer, thanks. How much of the paste so I need to use and is it just the once or for a set amount of time?

Ok will keep him up. When you say a late hibernation, when are you thinking and for how long? I'm so worried about doing it for the first time and how to get him to wind down etc but I know it must be done as it's best for him.

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Posted 30 September 2015 - 11:17 AM

You give two syringe graduations per kilo of tortoise, which almost always ends up around a mouthful. Any excess is expelled when the mouth is shut. Panacur has a very high safety margin in Chelonia, so difficult to overdose. If no parasites or symptoms show then just worm the once, otherwise repeat after ten days to two weeks. You could wind him down for three weeks after Xmas and then pop him in end of January until end of March. He would be raring to go then with the longer days approaching.

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Posted 30 September 2015 - 01:58 PM

Ok. I want to hibernate him if this is the best thing for him.

Would a normal fridge off gumtree work?

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Posted 30 September 2015 - 02:22 PM

Be wary of second hand fridges as the stats need to be good. Don't use those which are just rated for drinks or those with an ice box in. Make sure the manufacturer states that they are rated to within a degree or two, to prevent accidents.

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Posted 30 September 2015 - 03:15 PM

I'll have a look around and post a couple of links if you don't mind helping out a bit more?

I'll probably post an in depth review of what I'm going to do to make sure it's all ok and I've understood everything I've read.

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Posted 30 September 2015 - 03:32 PM

Would any of these be good? I know you can't determine if it will stay within a degree or two but if I buy now I can monitor the temperature until it's time to hibernate.

https://www.gumtree....idge/1135539880

https://www.gumtree....idge/1135492673

https://www.gumtree....dge-/1135488969

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Posted 07 October 2015 - 10:21 PM

Sueeeeee 😉 ha ha

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Posted 08 October 2015 - 10:06 AM

Lol, yes so long as they have no ice box and stats are ok.




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