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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-19-2007, 02:01 AM Thread Starter
 
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Questions regarding hibernation in Hermann's Tortoises...

I was wondering, how exactly can you get a Hermann's tortoise through hibernation safely? I've read up on the subject and there hasn't been a clear guide from what I've seen. I read that you should put them in a thick layer of dead leaves and put them in a refrigerator while opening and closing it regularly to regulate air flow. Essentially I am lost on the subject. Any pointers?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-20-2007, 02:55 PM
 
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I've never done it before but my friend gave me these links to explain it better. Maybe these will help you as well.

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Tortoise Trust Web - 18 Essential Hibernation Hints
Hibernating Your Pet Tortoise : The Paw Blog
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-20-2007, 09:24 PM
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The links above are great ones, but I question the need to hibernate them.

Unless you are going to breed them, I don't think it's necessary. I had my Russian's for many years and never needed to hibernate them. With proper light and heat maintenance they do fine throughout the winter. You get the added bonus of their "companionship" for a full year, and you don't run the risks involved in a hibernation.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-10-2008, 10:20 AM
 
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I agree with Mygala, unless you plan on breeding there isn't a need for hibernation. When you do hibernate it should only be done for tortoises that are in excellent health. You should take the tortoise to the vet for a check up first. After than it's a process of slowly moving the tortoise into hibernation. You have to slowly lower the temps and stop feeding. If you are not experienced I wouldn't try it.
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