First time hibernating marginated

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Steff1bee
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First time hibernating marginated

Post by Steff1bee » 24 Aug 2018, 19:40

Hello,

I'm sorry if this has already been covered elsewhere, I've looked through the forum discussions and can't find an answer.
I have 2 marginated tortoises, one who is 6 and one who is 2. I've had each of them since they were 1.
I've never hibernated either as a "reptile specialist" in a shop once told me I didn't have to until they were 20 but everything I read elsewhere leads me to believe he doesn't really know what he's talking about.
So Archie (the 6 yo) is 12.8cm long and 400g. I think he's a bit overweight to be honest and has been putting weight on at an alarming rate do he's on a diet.
Reggie (2 yo) is 9cm and 130g. He is growing at around 1.5g pcm so I think he's ok.

Where do I start in finding out:
A: if they're a good weight to hibernate and
B: How best to go about it

All the information I find online is for Herman's or horsefields and these two are completely different breeds.
I've attached a photo of them so hopefully you can see how beautiful they are!!!

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Steph (and Archie/ Reggie!).
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lin
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Re: First time hibernating marginated

Post by lin » 24 Aug 2018, 20:19

Hiya Steph, and what a beautiful pair of tortoises these are.

First of all can I show you a caresheet for this species. I am only showing you so I can then refer you onto the hibernation sheet.
https://www.tortoise-protection-group.o ... 014New.pdf

The wind down process for all hibernating species are much the same and the wind down process can be found here -- https://www.tortoise-protection-group.o ... cedure.pdf

The hibernation sheet can be found here for the fridge method -- https://www.tortoise-protection-group.o ... Sept16.pdf

And the waking up process here -- https://www.tortoise-protection-group.o ... 080608.pdf

If you have any problems with any of these or would like more info then please do get back to us and we will help in any way we can.

Lin

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Re: First time hibernating marginated

Post by Steff1bee » 24 Aug 2018, 22:28

Thank you so much for coming back to me with such an informative reply. I'll have a read over the documents you've sent and hopefully feel a bit more ready for my first hibernation this winter.

Thanks again,
Steph x

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Re: First time hibernating marginated

Post by lin » 24 Aug 2018, 22:51

Thats great and thanks Steph. As I said if there is anything we can do then just get back to us.
Happy hibernation.

Lin

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