hibernation

  1. T

    Is my tortoise preparing for hibernation?

    So over the last few weeks I’ve noticed my 2 1/2 year old Horsefield tortoise slowing down a bit. She appears healthy still, weight is good, eyes and nose are clear, pooing less as she’s eating less but urates and urine looks good. She’s kept indoors as the weather in the uk now isn’t as...
  2. F

    Mouth open and head bopping after hibernation

    My 1 year old Herman's Tortoise is starting (pretty late) to wake up from hibernation. My other two tortoises are a bit letargic but I guess it's kinda normal if we consider that they are waking up just now; but this one in particular keeps opening their mouth while moving their head up and...
  3. kidokistortugo

    Climate change: Chaco tortoise waking up from hibernation

    Hi! It’s autumn in this part of South America and Tortugo, my chaco tort, was already a bit slow, hiding/sleeping a bunch and not eating much all throughout April, which is totally normal for him. He had his last bath and food on April 19. It’s normal that our temp lowers around this time of...
  4. A

    Hibernation for most Testudo species really necessary?

    Hello and greetings from Germany, this is gonna be my first post on this forum and maybe this has been debated to death already but I'm still curious what the anglo-saxon and english speaking international tortoise community thinks about it. I'll soon be a first time owner of a marginated...
  5. Ciri

    Hibernation app

    I'm wondering if anyone knows of a hibernation app that can help me keep track of the dates when I soak my box turtles and desert tortoise, as well as their weights. I typically use a spreadsheet to keep track, but it would be nice to have an app. Any thoughts?
  6. 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...
  7. biochemnerd808

    Waking your tortoise up from refrigerator brumation

    The most important thing here is to avoid shock. You don't want any sudden temperature changes. A brumation should last at least 8 weeks at 37-41°F (3-5°C), but for Russian tortoises can last as long as 4 months, if the tortoises hold a steady weight and don't show any blushing on their...
  8. P

    Tortoise not eating ANYTHING!

    Good evening, I have a 14 year old Russian Tortoise. Historically, she is an incredibly picky eater. We have given her all of the (tortoise-edible) greens (Dandelion, Mustard, a little Collard, a little arugula etc) under the sun and she will take nibbles at it, sometimes like it, and then not...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. Y

    My tortoise isn't hibernating!

    Hello, i am new to this forum and tortise keeping and I was really in need of some help? To start off, I have a desert tortoise, a male, around 40 years old. We recently inherited him because his past owner was unable to keep him anymore. Well, its already one month into hibernation time and my...
  12. biochemnerd808

    Brumation post week 1: start winding down

    For those of you who plan to fridge-brumate (hibernate) your tortoise, I'm going to post wind-down updates here for you to follow along. You may have noticed that your tortoise has stopped eating, and spends a lot of time hiding or even digging down. Even our captive bred Russian tortoises seem...
  13. Gemma+Tess

    Hibernation

    Hi, I have a 5 year old Horsefield tortoise who I adopted when he was about a year old. He started winding down for hibernation of his own accord when the weather turned last year. We took him for a vet check beforehand and all was good, he just asked us to only hibernate him for 3 weeks...
  14. A

    To hibernate or not hibernate. That is the question.

    I have read a ton of posts here on hibernation and I still can't decide what to do about Usain Bolt's winter time. Important info. I just got him from a rescue but they've had him for 4 months and said he's been healthy. Bolt is around 20yrs old, so they tell me. Bolt has an outdoor enclosure...
  15. J

    Is tortoise hibernating itself?

    Hello all. I have had one Russian tortoise for 6 years that I’ve never hibernated. Eight months ago I adopted a second Russian that I have no information about its previous care, but it’s appeared in good health since. I don’t know it’s age, but she’s a few inches longer than my other female who...
  16. S

    Black nose - hibernation fridge

    Hi, my 6 year old horsefield is in hibernation using fridge method. 3rd year hibernating. Was checked by vets prior. Been in fridge since 23/11/2020. On inspection today he has black spot on his nose and I’m really worried. I’ve emailed the vet but yet to hear back. Any idea what it might be...
  17. M

    Hibernating a Hermann Tortoise

    Hi everyone, I was just wondering if hibernation is a requirement for my little Hermann's. He's 2 years old at the moment and kept in a comfortably warm indoor enclosure. I didn't hibernate him the past 2 winters as the vet recommended I don't consider hibernation until he's a little bit older...
  18. 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...
  19. H

    Tortoise suddenly won’t eat

    Tortellini (Eastern Hermann) is about 4-6 months old and is 76g. I keep him in a vivarium because it is terribly dry in the winter (like my own body is cracking because it’s so dry). It’s around 70%~80% at all times. Cool zone 28c, hot zone 33c, central 30c. He had sun soak time until early...
  20. M

    Safe weight for Hibernation

    Hello all. I am Hibernating my Marginated Tortoise this year for the first time and I am confident about everything except for weight. As his species is marginated I havent been able to find any information on a healthy weight for tortoises his size. I have been fasting him since late november...
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