Well… she’s not exactly little!
My Tortoise (Myrtle) A Greek spur thighed tortoise does NOT want to hibernate!
She is about 5½ years old 23cm long and 2.386kg ! When I got her she weighed 112g and was just over 7cm long.
We read that it is better not to hibernate tortoises in their first 5 years, but the last 2 years she has ‘self hibernated’ for about a month, where she has hidden in a colder part of the house & not come out for a good while. The second time she did this I put her in a cardboard box with a lid & shredded paper inside & left her there for a month.
Now she is 5 I thought it would be a good idea to hibernate her properly, so I watched a video about how to hibernate my tortoise safely (theirs is a LOT smaller than mine!) a few times & then started the process (My family have still not approved the salad drawer of the fridge as her hibernation destination, but I’m sorry, I am not buying Myrtle her own fridge!)
Her weight on October 2nd was 2386g and I have withdrawn food (she wasn’t eating much anyway) and given her a bath every day since as recommended in the video.
She is now 2315g, and running round the house like a lunatic. I’ve turned off her heat & light in her vivarium, but she keeps coming out & sunbathing in the kitchen or back room.
She doesn’t look remotely ready to climb into a box & stay still for a month, so I’m not sure what to do now? Boxes and shredded paper are ready, family will be persuaded, but since this is the first time that I will be reducing her temperature to 5° I am worried about her.
Has anyone out there in the blogosphere got any experiences of Tortoises not wanting to hibernate? Should I get her a copy of I don’t want to go to bed! ?