First hibernation

Big Ol Tortoise

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Hello everybody! I'm wanting to hibernate my box turtles this year. The only problem is I've never hibernated them before. I'd like to know some pointers and a type of soil that is safe for my box turtles. Here's a pic of them temporary.jpg
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I would make sure they have lived outside for a few months to acclimate. Fatten them up as much as they will eat before they stop for the winter. They need to be off food for a couple weeks before the hibernate.
 

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I would make sure they have lived outside for a few months to acclimate. Fatten them up as much as they will eat before they stop for the winter. They need to be off food for a couple weeks before the hibernate.

They've been outside since June. I've been feeding them lots of worms as well.
 

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That is good, find a place where you canloosen the dirt down a couple of feet. That will be where they likely will hibernate.
So I've been feeding them a lot but the male box turtle still feels light. Should I leave him outside? Or keep him outside and keep feeding him? It's gonna be in the 30s tomorrow for a few hours.
 

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IDK. They will stop eating to prepare for hibernation, so if his body is getting ready, he won't eat. If you are worried, keep him inside all winter.
 

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