Is Hibernation Absolutely Required?

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The very simple answer to your question is "NO". It is not necessary to hiberate any tortoise, regardless of species, in captivity. Having done and still doing both, keeping some tortoises active through the winter and allowing others to hibernate, I can absolutely tell you that there is no difference whatsoever between the two in terms of health, activity level and so on. The only difference that I have ever observed is breeding consistency. Those that are hibernated have a more "scheduled" breeding period. Fertility is the same between the two as well as everything else.

Somewhere is was also mentioned about burrowing species hibernating. Hermann's are not a burrowing species.

It is not necessary to hibernate a tortoise in captivity, it is a choice to do so based on the environment you wish to provide.
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