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#1 jamjarbaker

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Posted 13 December 2015 - 10:47 PM

Hi all, Vera went into hibernation 5 weeks ago using the box methods and her weekly weight measurements are as follows
Week 1 - 1222g
Week 2 - 1217g
Week 3 - 1217g
Week 4 - 1217g
Week 5 - 1218g

Is it normal for them to gain weight? If only a gram. Is hibernating when there fully asleep because when I pick her up to check her she's asleep but will wake up without moving (she's always slept out of the shell). The temps in the box are staying between 5-11 degrees c on a couple of warm days. Am i doing okay?
Also how long can she go for, this is her first hibernation. Thank you everyone 😊

#2 mildredsmam

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Posted 15 December 2015 - 04:12 AM

Hi,

Every thing seems fine her weights are good, yes it's normal for them to gain the odd gram through hibernation, it's best to do 8 weeks minimal but she can stay in longer if her weight stays good. :)



#3 jamjarbaker

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Posted 15 December 2015 - 09:15 PM

Awesome thanks Karen , good to know she's doing okay

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Posted 31 January 2016 - 08:37 PM

Hi everyone,

Strangely Derek has gained 6grams during hibernation. I know its mentioned above that its normal to gain the odd gram but is this amount normal?

He was 180grams when we started winding down, he maintained the same weight up until when we started hibernation on 9th January, however when weighed today he has gained 6 grams?

We're using the fridge method, the same as last year, he's in a box with just the same soil that's used in his table and the temperature is stable between 3-4 degrees.

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Posted 01 February 2016 - 12:30 AM

Gaining weight in hibernation simply means that hydration levels are now correct. Either that or your scales are faulty/different.

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Posted 01 February 2016 - 08:14 PM

Thanks Sue, glad to hear it's not unheard of. Although I am surprised he was dehydrated as he was bathed every day whilst he was winding down and then ordinarily he is bathed 2-3 times per week.

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Posted 01 February 2016 - 09:56 PM

Thing is, once outside conditions are optimum anyway. Indoors if you use incorrect substrate, humidity and background temps/ hot spots etc, no amount of bathing will help. If a tort needs to bathe and drink a lot, conditions should really be changed. It usually, but not always shows in shell growth. Remind me what age he is Becca?

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Posted 02 February 2016 - 07:14 AM

He was three in September. We started preparing his outdoor enclosure but didn't get it finished so hopefully he will be outside from this summer.

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Posted 02 February 2016 - 08:32 AM

While he's indoors Becca you need to keep feeding down, it's like literally giving it to him on a plate. If humidity has been high enough he will grow better, but if normal indoor humidity, then he's going to show signs of not enough hydration. He's huge for his age ;) Luckily hibernation will have helped.




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