The Do’s and Don’ts of Hibernation

It’s that time of the year again when we are all panicking about hibernation.

I just want to take this time to address some issues and go over the FAQs of hibernation.

    -Do not hibernate your tortoise until you have owned it for 12     months (wait for the following winter).

    -Do not assume your tortoise is hibernating if it is asleep in its nice warm house. They need a certain temperature to hibernate and room temperature is far too warm.

    -Make a chart for your tortoise’s toilet habits. You do not want to see a poo for at least 7 days before hibernation.

    -Keep a thermometer in the tortoise’s hibernation area to ensure the temperature stays between 2 and 5 degrees     Celsius.

    -Worm your tortoise at least a month before winds down.

    -Only use soil in your inner plastic box. DO NOT use hay or straw. Soil is the only thing that will regulate your tortoise’s body temperature.

    -Put air holes in all boxes. 

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