1. tamzsturg

    Newbie here with poorly tort:(

    Hi I’m new to this so apologies if I’m not posting this correctly! My names Tamzin, I’m 19, living in the midlands UK and have a 12 year old Horsefield tortoise named Tarquin. I go to uni but come back home pretty regularly to see my pets who live with my parents. Over the past few weeks Tarquin...
  2. steven nix


    Do box turtles have to aestivate or is it as needed? And is every breed that aestivates or brumates the same on this matter?
  3. J

    Is tortoise hibernating itself?

    Hello all. I have had one Russian tortoise for 6 years that I’ve never hibernated. Eight months ago I adopted a second Russian that I have no information about its previous care, but it’s appeared in good health since. I don’t know it’s age, but she’s a few inches longer than my other female who...
  4. G

    My Russian Wants To Brumate

    Hello all, Back in April I got a Russian Tortoise named Sprout. At the time I did not realize he was wild caught, but have since learned that he is. According to my and my vet’s estimate, he is around 5 years old. He is kept inside and I don’t have a way to keep him outdoors at the moment. Here...
  5. R

    Horsefield - lethargic and

    Hi, I have a two year old horsefield tortoise who is recently very lethargic and has a soft springy under shell (this may have always been soft and springy, I didn't check previously). Over lock down I moved him to my Mum's (I relocated too) to make sure that there would always be someone...
  6. Tanyabobanya

    Refrigerator hibernation

    Hi all, I started a new thread in “general” I hope that’s ok. I’m never sure I’m posting fb in the right area. I’ve received such good advice here but I continue to be confused. I was planning on hibernating my 2 5YO desert tortoises using a mini fridge because our house and basement even don’t...
  7. Rebs

    Help Brumating in Los Angeles

    Hi. I need help. We have two desert tortoises, Lance and Gwennie, in Highland Park, Los Angeles. They came with our house and for the five years we've been here they have successfully brumated in a burrow they dug - it even worked through El Nino - the tortoises placed it at the top of a slight...
  8. Tortoise_Tarzan

    Do I need to bath my tortoise in brumation?

    I’ve been doing a lot of research on brumation and I was wondering if I should bath him every week whilst he is in brumation, he’s only in there for 3 weeks and I thought I need to do it once a week. People have said yes and no but I want to get an opinion from others! Also I here’s a list of...
  9. belindajon

    Wintering a coastal Russian

    Hello fellow turtle lovers - I have a female Russian, Violet, I've had for about 9 months, she was found wandering last spring and I adopted her. I don't know her age, but judging from the condition of her shell, I'm guessing she's 10+ years. She has her own outdoor enclosure complete with a...
  10. B

    First Brumation

    Hi there, First backstory info: I’m pretty new to keeping my Russian tortoise. Oddly enough, she was found wondering the streets of a local neighborhood and since I’m a reptile rehabilitator (mostly alligators, removing snakes, and occasional turtle shell patch) they called me thinking she was a...
  11. Susannadior

    What age should a DT start brumating?

    Murphy just turned 1 and we were told not to let him brumate for the first 3 years. Is this true? And if not, how to we prepare him for brumation? We live in southern California where its in the mid-80s in the day and high-50s at night. He lives in a raised enclosure outside, but has heat and a...
  12. A

    Marginated and hibernation

    General question about the Marginated tortoise and the hibernation period. Do they need to go through hibernation/brumation? Are their any benefits for and against? After looking online, most opinions are very scattered.
  13. ttjorgens

    Hatchling Brumation

    We have a DT hatchling--almost a year old (Nov 6)--who lives in a tortoise table at the moment. His energy, appetite, and growth have been great to date. I recently created a longer, sloping downward tunnel for him which he is really enjoying. Maybe a little too much. I put the food out and he...
  14. Rusky

    Tortoise might be sick or trying to hibernate

    Rusky is a young tortoise, living in a temporary 1 1/2 x 3 ft tank. I got him about a month ago. He was not eating much, but he ate every day. However, he has not eaten for three days now, and has been sleeping almost nonstop, burrowing in different areas around his enclosure. I think he may be...