hibernation query

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hibernation query

Postby Linzi » Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:58 pm

Hello

Just looking for a little reassuring advice for my spur thigh tortoise, would it be advisable to wake him early given the warm weather over winter? He has always hibernated in the shed and his internal box thermometer has often been around 10 degrees, I know this is the temperature at which their body fat will decrease at a faster rate.

He has been hibernated for 16 weeks in the past but I'm wondering if I should wake him earlier. He was a healthy weight in accordance with the Jackson ratio and after a small infection was given the ok by the vet to hibernate.

Would 14 weeks be ok? he is a 9 year old spur thigh.

Thanks in advance
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Re: hibernation query

Postby Stuart » Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:44 pm

Linzi wrote: his internal box thermometer has often been around 10 degrees, I know this is the temperature at which their body fat will decrease at a faster rate.


Body fat will only decrease if the tortoise is awake and moving about, I think. If there are no signs of movement, then you could probably leave him longer.
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