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Hibernating

Discussion in 'Debatable Topics' started by mproko, Aug 8, 2016.

  1. katya mercieca

    katya mercieca New Member

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    so is it ok to just leave them hibernate inside ? would that entail having no artificial heating right? and no uv light either? at what temperature would a greek tortoise hibernate ?
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    You should not hibernate any tort if you haven't had it a year ! You need to see the torts health and give it a good diet . And there is not rule that says you have to hibernate any tort . In the wild temps are bad , but in captivity they are controlled ! In the wild food is slim , but in captivity it's controlled ! Have a great day !
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    I agree, it isn't a good idea to hibernate a tortoise in its first year with you.
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member

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    Not unless your house is consistently cold, like a refrigerator all winter long.

    CDTs hibernate best at around 48-50. Russians at 38-40. I'm certain Greeks are somewhere in-between those two.

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    Can you guys shed some light for this member on optimal hibernation temps for Greeks, if someone wants to hibernate their tortoise.
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    HermanniChris Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Firstly, you absolutely need to know what type of Greek tortoise you have. This is because they do not all have the same tolerances or requirements. Only some such as T. g. ibera for example can handle severe cold or some moisture during brumation. Other subspecies like T. g. nabeulensis absolutely cannot. If you're unsure which type you have, please post a pic here and I'll ID it for you.
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