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RE: tortoises in Southern California

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Posted by: VICtort at Mon Oct 20 23:48:33 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by VICtort ]  
   

You live near a very successful breeder, and he hibernates his in a refrigerator. I do the same as I live in the ridiculously warm low desert to the South of you. You need to find an even temp, a wine cellar/chiller type environment, neither too warm or too cold, steady temp if you can , around high 40's to low 50's. Read Andy Highlfield and others, CTTC and SD Turtle & tortoise club aricles on hibernation. It is easy, but you must think it out and provide the right conditions or they won't survive. I have lost a couple neonate snakes, but otherwise no losses of tortoises to hibernation. Make sure it is well insulated, and beware of "false Spring" in February, you want to keep them asleep and not using energy reserves by warming up. You can do this, but you need to read up on it. Must have an empty gut but well hydrated prior to hibernation. Ask us for specifics after you have done some research. Good luck, Vic


   

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