When and How to Hibernate your Tortoise
When to hibernate.
I hibernate my adult Hermann's tortoises from December until
(if April looks like being a cold month I leave them until mid
I start to wind down my adults in November.
I would aim to end
hibernation with younger tortoises around March / April so young tortoises need to be kept in their indoor enclosure with full heat and light until you begin your wind down.
This is where the fridge method of hibernating is best
because you have complete control of
when you start and when you finish.
the decision to hibernate my adult tortoises in August .
I weigh them and record
if they are a healthy weight (re:Jackson ratio) to hibernate.
If they have had no
health problems over the year then they are OK to consider hibernation.
I do this first check in August
because tortoises are at their peak.
More checks are needed prior to hibernation
if your tortoise is ill do not hibernate.
In September and early October you
will find that your tortoise is eating less so they can
lose a little weight
over these months thus making them appear a little light re: Jacksons ratio.
If you are hibernating for 8 weeks January and February are
the coldest months and the
hardest to find weeds so these are ideal for