hibernating

  1. texastort17

    Stay outside during texas winter?

    Hey, y’all. I have a russian tort that I’m keeping watch over for my dad until he has a yard to keep her in again. We’ve had her for around 12+ years and for about 5-6 years he’s kept her fully outside all year round. I’m not well versed in the ins and outs, but I’ve got a great outdoor set up...
  2. M

    Sick Horsefield Tortoise - Is he hibernating or sick?

    Hello everyone! I have a 2 year old horsefield tortoise named Newton. Over the past three weeks he has completely stopped eating and is sleeping all the time, only waking up if pestered enough (which I don't want to do) but then going straight back to sleep when putting him back down again. Due...
  3. T

    Is my russian tortoise dead or hibernating?

    The last two days my russian tortoise ate very little and today he looked very weak/tired and barely ate. Today he opened and closed his mouth a lot and at first only kept his right eye open but now both his eyes are closed and he isn't moving. I think he retained control of his muscles because...
  4. L

    Hibernation help!

    I have fasted my hermann for 3 weeks now with daily soaks, where he also drinks, he started to poop a couple days ago but never managed to get it all out. I was waiting for him to pass it ready to put him in the fridge today but he still hasn’t had this poop come out. Do I wait another week and...
  5. L

    Hibernation

    I’ve starved my hermann for 3 weeks now with daily baths ready to pop in the fridge for hibernation, but i noticed a couple days ago he went to do a poop but it didn’t come out. I was going to wait for him to eventually pass it but he hasn’t yet. Should I wait for him to poop before I put him...
  6. mrm0bius

    Starlted tortoise during hibernation

    Hi all. My first time hibernating my spur thigh, shes in the fridge and everything been going ok so far. However, today when I went to check on her, I knocked over a bottle that made a bang and I saw her flinch/move so I shut the door straight away. Have I woken her up or will she go back to...
  7. M

    How do I know if my tortoise is dead?

    my tortoise was acting weird today and i gave him collard greens and baby arugula this morning and put him outside on the grass in the sun so he could eat and he barely ate and had his head out a lot so i brought him in and put him on the carpet and when i came back he was in his shell and...
  8. J

    Russian Tortoise Hibernation

    Hello, I've had my Russian for two years. Around 2 months ago, he decided to hibernate. He did the normal fasting for a few weeks (I noticed he wasn't eating his lettuce) and then burrowed deep into his hide. The problem is that he's in an indoor enclosure in my upstairs office. It never gets...
  9. C

    Help ! Tortoise hasn’t eaten in 8 days

    Brand new reptile owner . Got my make tortoise from a pet sore last Saturday. Yoda we named him has been behaving as follows: He is in a 40 gal enclosure, seems to want to hibernate Even though enclosure temp is 90 degree (hot side)and 65 degree (cold side) it hasn’t eaten in 8 days . I have...
  10. C

    From hatching straight into hibernation?

    Hey, my dad's tortoises (testudo hermanni) laid nine eggs in total. Five of them already hatched a while ago while they were still in their enclosure outside. My dad put the hatchlings in his basement with the adult tortoises because he read that they are supposed to or already can hibernate in...
  11. J

    Coming out of hibernation too early?

    I live in the PNW, near Portland, OR. We created an outdoor enclosure for our Russian. In August he went missing and we thought he had escaped, but yesterday he emerged from a deep hole in the enclosure- evidently he was hibernating this entire time! My question is this: Is he done...
  12. torttywaffle

    New to tortoises please help!

    I am planning to get a tortoise and have an outdoor enclosure for him, however, I do not want a tortoise that will hibernate because I don't trust myself in doing so. And with an outdoor enclosure, I cannot keep it warm 24/7 so that he will not hibernate. What kind of tortoises will not...
  13. HollyLovesBob

    Thinking about hibernation...

    Hello all, I could use some advice! I know it’s a long way off hibernation time but we are considering hibernating our Russian boy this coming winter and I was really hoping to get some advice from someone who has past experience of successfully hibernating Russians. The issue we have is we...
  14. B

    Russian tort out of hibernation early

    My 5+ year old Russian tortoise lives outside in the PNW. He has thrived and has many areas of sunlight every single day and hot spots and areas where he can always stay dry. He has gone into hibernation the past few years and has done very well coming out of it, I always bring him inside when...
  15. M

    First time hibernation and weight questions

    Hello! I was thinking about hibernating my 3 year old Horsfield tortoise (called Queenie) for the first time. For the moment she lives on a tortoise table inside. I have bought a small fridge for the hibernation. I've read lots (maybe too much) online and I am confused. I have many...
  16. Nessadenae

    Dead or sleeping?

    Hello there! I have a 6 year old florida box tortoise named Bento. This is not the first time she has scared me like this when she appears to be sleeping hard... But im really freaked out. She has an unfamiliar odour coming from her... It is not that pungent, but noticable and not a familiar...
  17. C

    Is my Greek hibernating?

    Hello, I am new to the forums here, but have read some previous posts about similar topics and I need help! My Greek who I’ve had for a little over 10 years now has been practically sleeping for a week now. I am a little concerned because this is out of character for her and it also seems like...
  18. B

    Hibernation advice

    Hi all I am new to this site but I am hoping someone can help me. We have two spur thighed tortoise, that are approximately 18 months old. One of them has been eating less over the last day and the other one has not eaten for two days. Do tortoises of this age hibernate? We are a bit...
  19. Borgijo

    Baby deserts trying to hibernate

    I foster baby desert tortoises ranging from just a couple weeks old to a year old. I have 18. 10 Texas deserts and 8 California deserts. I have noticed my California deserts are not eating and a few staying in their hides. Well last night and this morning I lost 3 babies. 2 at a month old 1 at...
  20. B

    Hello from winston

    Hi all I’ve had winston for about a year and a half now. No idea how old he is sadly :-( he was pretty tiny when I got him from a pet shop so can’t be too old...... he was sold to me in a viv, and after getting him home and doing more research (I know I should’ve done more first!) he’s now in...
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