The best way to Hibernate your Tortoise?

The nights are closing in and it’s definitely getting cooler, the chances are you’re probably already starting to think about hibernating your tortoise. It’s still a little early but it’s worth getting ready in advance.

A lot of people are still worried about hibernating their tortoise, especially if it’s for the first time. Worry no more, we’ve put together a video that takes you through the process step by step.

This hibernation procedure has been produced in conjunction with veterinarians, we believe it is the safest way to hibernate your tortoise. Please watch the video, and just get back to us with any questions!

In this video: Lucky Reptile Herp Nursery II Incubator/ Hibernator

What to do while they’re asleep?

Why not grow some seriously fresh food ready for when they wake up? The Pro Rep Tortoise Feed Kit has everything you need to grow some delicious tortoise food at home.


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4 Responses to The best way to Hibernate your Tortoise?

  1. Barbara October 17, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    Hi

    My Tortoise (Myrtle) A Greek spur thighed tortoise does NOT want to hibernate!

    She is about 5 years old and has grown from 8cm and 118g to 23cm and 2386g in this time. We read that it is better not to hibernate tortoises in therir forst 5 years, but the last 2 years she has ‘self hibernated’ herself for about a month, where she has hidden in a colder part of the house & not come out for a good while

    Now she is 5 I thought it would be a good idea to hibernate her properly, so I watched your video a few times & then started the process (My family have still not approved the salad drawer of the fridge) Her weight on October 2nd was 2386g and I have withdrawn food (she wasn’t eating much anyway) and given her a bath every day since.

    She is now 2315g, and running round the house like a lunatic. I’ve turned off her heat & light in her vivarium, but she keeps coming out & sunbathing in the kitchen or back room

    She doesn’t look remotely ready to climb into a box & stay still for a month, so i’m not sure what to do now? Boxes and shredded paper are ready, family will be persuaded, but since this is the first time that I will be reducing her temperature to 5′

    Have you any experiences of Tortoises not wanting to hibernate?

    Thanks

    Barbara

    • Gary Rolfe April 3, 2013 at 11:33 am #

      Don’t panic, if she doesn’t want to hibernate (I suspect your house is warm!), it won’t do her any harm. You can try again next year.

      You may need to cool her down further.

  2. Barbara October 8, 2019 at 2:11 pm #

    Hi

    My Tortoise (Myrtle) A Greek spur thighed tortoise does NOT want to hibernate!

    She is about 5 years old and has grown from 8cm and 118g to 23cm and 2386g in this time. We read that it is better not to hibernate tortoises in therir forst 5 years, but the last 2 years she has ‘self hibernated’ herself for about a month, where she has hidden in a colder part of the house & not come out for a good while

    Now she is 5 I thought it would be a good idea to hibernate her properly, so I watched your video a few times & then started the process (My family have still not approved the salad drawer of the fridge) Her weight on October 2nd was 2386g and I have withdrawn food (she wasn’t eating much anyway) and given her a bath every day since.

    She is now 2315g, and running round the house like a lunatic. I’ve turned off her heat & light in her vivarium, but she keeps coming out & sunbathing in the kitchen or back room

    She doesn’t look remotely ready to climb into a box & stay still for a month, so i’m not sure what to do now? Boxes and shredded paper are ready, family will be persuaded, but since this is the first time that I will be reducing her temperature to 5′

    Have you any experiences of Tortoises not wanting to hibernate?

    Thanks

    Barbara

    • Gary Rolfe October 8, 2019 at 2:11 pm #

      Don’t panic, if she doesn’t want to hibernate (I suspect your house is warm!), it won’t do her any harm. You can try again next year.

      You may need to cool her down further.

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