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Camerart View Drop Down
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    Posted: 12 Oct 2018 at 5:01pm
Hi,

Has anyone any experience with Hermann's tortoises hibernating outside, in the UK?

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Hi Camerart

Funnily enough, i was just pondering the very same thing yesterday.
Personally, i've not heard of this happening (others here may know different). Though with many a red-eared terrapin having already overwintered in the UK for many years and perhaps with future climate change proving conducive, i wouldn't dismiss the possibility.
Tortoises, like many animals, are noted for having a good knowledge of their home range including that all-important, overwintering site. I wouldn't know what their precise hibernacula requirements are, but suspect one barrier to success might be finding a suitable location in an unfamiliar landscape.

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Hi L,

After asking around, it appears that many of them dig themselves into their chosen spot in the garden, I think by sense of damp and temperature, quite successfully.  However, even though underground normally doesn't get too cold, if they get below app 5Deg C they can go blind or worse.

I made an insulated box with a heater set to 5Deg C just just to stop that happening.  I think it may have been a bit warm so far for comfort though.

Another thing to bear in mind that they are heavy enough to stand the long winter here.  Mine is ok.  There is a weigh/length table to check.

Also they should stop eating and 'clear out' app one month before bedtime.

'Experts' prolong the summer by bringing them into an area with a lamp which they artificially time to shut them down later in the year.

This is my first time of tortoise hibernation, as the last one I got from a fair aged six, died not long after getting it.

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I do remember as a child living on the Isle of Wight we had a tortoise that lived in the garden (it seemed everyone did in those days) - I don't remember it ever being brought in but it certainly survived at least a few Winters outdoors, probably under a shed or compost heap I guess.
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