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Posted 12 December 2015 - 01:33 PM

I've looked and read lots of articles about hibernation. Toby is about 37. Mum always used the box method but I have put her (the tortoise not mum!) a fridge due to it being warm one day aand cold the next. The poor thing didn't know whether to go to sleep or not. The question is how long do I keep her in there for? I would love some advice as am unsure

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Posted 12 December 2015 - 04:15 PM

I'm guessing you have wound her down properly and not just put her straight in there. Has she been starved for four weeks with gradual light and heat reduction?

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Posted 13 December 2015 - 04:40 PM

Over the last few weeks she hasn't eaten and has been quite sluggish. A couple of times I was going to put her into a box then the weather warmed up and she woke up a bit so rather than continue like that I got a fridge so she could hibernate properly. I'm unsure how long to leave her there as depending on where I've read, they all give different times

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Posted 13 December 2015 - 05:46 PM

Leave her where? Winding down or in the fridge? Is she hydrated, as in had drinks or soaks?

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Posted 13 December 2015 - 07:13 PM

She stopped eating then stopped drinking so I gave her a couple of long soaks. She's now tucked up in the fridge which is at 5 degrees with a thermometer so I can check the temperature. I'm not sure how long she should be left in the fridge. Many thanks for any help as I'm a panicking new owner : (

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Posted 13 December 2015 - 07:56 PM

If she is well hydrated she should be a good weight. Weigh her after a month to see how much she has lost. She can lose up to 10% of her body weight, although this is not a good idea. As an adult, if her health is good and she has been fed correctly, she can safely stay in hibernation for 12 - 16 weeks, providing weight stays within safe levels and there are no signs of urination :)

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Posted 13 December 2015 - 08:39 PM

Many thanks, although I suspect that when the time comes to wake her I'll be panicking again. At least I know where to turn to : )

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Posted 13 December 2015 - 08:55 PM

So long as she is hydrated and empty she will be fine ;)




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