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RE: yearling hibernate question...

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Posted by: Linda G at Mon Nov 28 21:07:02 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Linda G ]  
   

The best thing to do is to weigh your turtle every week or so on small digital scale used in the kitchen and watch for weight loss. They really should lose no more than 1% of their body weight per month. You may even have to soak it once a week in lukewarm water to keep it hydrated. My yearling box turtle hibernated for 10 weeks last year between 50-55 degrees with essentially no weight loss. 55 degrees would probably be sufficient for a very small turtle due to less body mass. Try to find an area close to an outside wall like a closet or basement and monitor the temps for a while to see if you can find a temp in this area. I have a tri-level home and I found that the space in the lower level under the desk worked. I put blankets over the opening so the heat from the furnace did not warm it to above 50-52 degrees during the coldest part of the winter. I would only allow him to hibernate for 4-6 weeks under close observation. You have to bring his temps down over a period of about 3-4 days and then bringing him out of hibernation you would do the same.

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