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#1 JenB

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Posted 11 December 2016 - 01:05 PM

Hi everyone, i am a bit worried about Hank. He hasnt gone into hibernation because the fridge he was going into has been temperamental and my daughter went into hospital so we didnt have a stable routine leading up to it to be able to plan properly. We have kept him up and continued with heating and feeding. This last week he has not been eating and has been trying to sleep all the time under his flower pot.

I have bathed him and he has walked about a bit but just gone back to his corner after a while.

He doesnt have any puffy eyes or abnormalities with his mouth, skin or shell. I am just wondering if he is desperate to hibernate? He hasnt hibernated before though.

#2 JenB

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Posted 11 December 2016 - 02:36 PM

Just discovered our temp probe wasnt working. He is too warm!

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Posted 11 December 2016 - 05:18 PM

How warm is he? What sort of enclosure does he have? If he's plenty of room, he should be able to escape the heat. Do you have a digital thermometer?

#4 JenB

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Posted 11 December 2016 - 05:52 PM

Hi, the heated end was 37, he has come out now and is wandering around. He does have a large indoor area with a cave area at one end but he doesnt seem to like sleeping or digging down there.
When we got him early this year he was in a small vivarium so we built him a new enclosure out of 2 sets of drawers until we can get him outside next year.

#5 JenB

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Posted 11 December 2016 - 05:54 PM

Sorry yes we use a digital thermometer with infra red. It was reading low, not sure if its the batteries or its broken so just bought a new one to be safe.

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 08:15 AM

They can be temperamental after a time, so always best to have a spare. A too hot hot pot should make him aestivate, providing he has a room temp area to retreat to. Enclosures must be open topped for this reason. Still time to wind him down and hibernate him if this helps.




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