Why did my turtle die during hibernation?

Many turtles and tortoises die because owners hibernate them with undigested food still in their digestive tract. Your pet’s digestive system is controlled to a large extent by temperature. Tortoises can need 3-6 weeks.

Is my tortoise hibernating or dead?

One way to check on your tortoise is to simply pick him up. If he retains muscle control, then he is fine. That means even if his head and limbs are still tucked in his shell, he’s got control and he’s just snoozing. But if the tortoise’s legs and head droop and wobble, then the tortoise is likely deceased.

When do tortoises and turtles go into hibernation?

Many species of temperate-climate turtles and tortoises brumate, or hibernate, in the winter. Captive tortoises and turtles don’t need to hibernate to survive, but annual hibernation periods can increase your odds of breeding success.

What’s the best way to care for a turtle during hibernation?

Hydrate your pet. While fasting, soak your tortoise or turtle every other day 20-30 minutes in chin-deep water. Ensure your turtle or tortoise has access to drinking water constantly, from now until the end of the entire hibernation. This helps encourage the tortoise to expel waste from its digestive tract and stay hydrated.

When does a desert tortoise fight a turtle?

Fighting may occur any time male tortoises encounter each-other. When fighting the desert tortoise/turtle will use the gular scutes to ram and flip other males. A flipped male will usually right itself after the defeat, but if it cannot, it will die.

How can you tell if a tortoise is dead or hibernating?

Brumation is a set of different physiological changes than hibernation. Of course, you can still call it hibernating and nobody will think any less of you. The best way to tell if your tortoise is hibernating or dead is to be involved with his hibernation preparations.

How long does a desert tortoise stay in hibernation?

Most tortoise will hibernate for 4-6 months. If the temperature is much above 65°F, the desert tortoise may be active and use up its energy stores too quickly. If the temperature is much colder, the desert tortoise may develop health problems.

How often should I bathe my tortoise during hibernation?

For more information on indoor/artificial hibernation visit http://www.tortoisetrust.org/articles/Refrigerator.htm. Check on your tortoise periodically. Soak it in a room temperature shallow water bath for 15 minutes every 4-6 weeks to prevent dehydration. Most tortoise will hibernate for 4-6 months.

Can a box turtle come out of hibernation?

I dont have much experience in CDT hibernation but my box turtles would come in and out of hibernation due to So. Cal. weather. As long as he is healthy Im sure he will be fine. If you have the means to keep him warm inside you could keep him awake, or let him go back in hibernation.

Why do desert tortoises need to be kept outdoors?

INDOOR HOUSING – Desert Tortoises thrive if kept outdoors as this provides a much more suitable environment ; i.e. UVB rays from the sun, natural foraging of foodstuffs, more natural ability to self regulate temperature , etc.