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In Topic: Help Please - Worries About Hibernation....

11 November 2015 - 04:57 PM

Hello again, a slight development since my previous post. I've checked on them tonight and both shoe boxes have become soggy as a result of the soil and both tortoises are awake and negotiated their way outside the inner boxes into the bigger insulated box.

So, I've put them back into their outdoor enclosure whilst I reflect on the options and the best thing to do.

Another new clueless owner in a flap!

In Topic: Help Please - Worries About Hibernation....

11 November 2015 - 02:42 PM

Firstly, yes there is still food substance in the meadow but I'd say they tortoises have been inactive for at least 3 weeks.

The previous owner was my sister and her hibernation process was very 'relaxed' in that she boxed them late October put them in the garage and got them out again in spring - simple as that.

No, I haven't been weighing neither do I have pics. One was started off indoors on pellets and the other has been outdoors from the off and their shell shapes reflect this - the first has signs of rapid growth early on.......

Yes, they are in soil now - in separate shoe boxes half filled with sand and top soil with some shredded paper on top, inside a bigger insulated box.

I hope this helps....

In Topic: Help Please - Worries About Hibernation....

11 November 2015 - 11:04 AM

Hi Sue,

Thanks for the quick response.

I know I probably shouldn't say this, but there hasn't really been a wind down regime, they live outside in a species rich wild flower meadow so typically graze on whatever they want, with the occasion supplement/treat.

Some time ago we noticed that they had stopped eating, well at least noticeably, and since then when they buried down we have assumed that they were ready as I guess that they were the best to know when was the right time?

How long you would expect it to take for them to settle once boxed and does it matter that the outside temperature is still pushing 15c in the day times which is forecast to continue for at least another week? I'm worried that if they don't settle they'll be using up their fat reserves.

many thanks