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It's that time of the year again, when we are all panicking about hibernation.
I just want to take this time to address some issues and go over the FAQs of hibernation.
-Do not hibernate your tortoise until you have owned it for 12 months (wait for the following winter).
-Do not assume your tortoise is hibernating if it is asleep in it's nice warm house. They need a certain temperature to hibernate and room temperature is far too warm.
-Make a chart for your tortoise's toilet habits. You do not want to see a poo for at least 7 days before hibernation.
-Keep a thermometer in the tortoise's hibernation area to ensure the temperature stays between 2 and 5 degrees Celsius.
-Worm your tortoise at least a month before wind down.
-Cool your hibernation box to the right temperature BEFORE closing the lid to hold that temperature.
-Only use soil in your inner plastic box. DO NOT use hay or straw. Soil is the only thing that will regulate your tortoise's body temperature.
-Put air holes in all boxes. Unless you are using our Hibernation Box (air holes are pre drilled).