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Hibernation

AesopSlow&Steady

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Apologies if there is lots of information on hibernation on here, I searched for hibernation and nothing came up but that seems incredibly unlikely! I also posted this message three weeks ago and had no replies so trying again!

I have a two year old marginated tortoise. He hasn’t hibernated yet and I wondered what the advise was on this. My question really is if that there is light and warmth and plenty of food - is there a need to hibernate? Does hibernation serve any other purpose other than surviving colder temps and a shortage of food?

Does anyone just not hibernate their tortoises?

He is fussy but eats well and does not deviate from his routine at all - he is incredibly set in his ways and sulks if anything changes, like when I clean out his table.

Thanks in advance!
 

Yvonne G

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Sorry, I don't know anything about the marginated tortoise. But I have allowed my russians to brumate. They are in a dry, cool spot that stays down towards 40F degrees, boxed up in shredded newspaper. I don't have a spare fridge, but I believe the best way to allow tortoise brumation is in the refrigerator.
 

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