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I think my tortoise wants to hibernate.

Discussion in 'Russian tortoises' started by Milinda, Dec 13, 2015.

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  1. Milinda

    Milinda Member

    Aug 30, 2014
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    Greetings, I have a four year old female Russian tortoise whom I have had for one year. She lives indoors and has a heat/UV lamp. I live in Southern Cailfornia and take her outside for sun when it is warm. Last year, I bought her from a man in our area and kept her inside during the winter. She did not hibernate, however, this year, she seems to want to burrow down and hibernate. For the last week, she has not wanted to eat and when I put her up to eat, she later burrows down. I am not sure if I should let her hibernate, and if so, how this is done. How long will she hibernate? How do I know if she is ready to do it, and if so, that she will be ok? Does anyone have some advice on the subject? Thank you so much!
  2. mike taylor

    mike taylor Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

    Oct 28, 2012
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    @Yvonne G. And @Tom will help you on this . If you don't want to hibernate your tortoise just keep the lights and stuff on for 14 hours a day and she will stop .
  3. AnimalLady

    AnimalLady Well-Known Member

    Sep 2, 2015
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    There is TONS of information on this subject here. Do a search up top for Hibernation and get ready to read and read some more! Good luck!
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