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5 tips to take care of your turtle while hibernating

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The land turtle It is one of the most popular pets, but not everyone knows how to take care of them, since this animal is one of the oldest on earth, and live between 40 and 100 years, and they should be taken care of very well.

For raise her, first we must be sure where it comes from, the ideal is to buy it in the specialized hatcheries, otherwise the animal it might have been captured illegally, or but also go to a pet shelter and adopt it.

These reptiles they spend a lot of time outdoors, so you have to have a patio where you hit the Sun and can work out, but also have places of shade and obviously have a place well protected from the outdoor, inside the house, where the turtle can rest.

There are turtles that do not hibernate, there are some tropical species, that to maintain their health in excellent condition, they have the need to live all year in similar environmental conditions. If you have one of these species, let it be all winter inside the house or a place where the cold does not enter.

For the other turtles, the arrival of autumn fits just with the preparations for the hibernation period. It's when you notice that the turtle starts to mobilize and eat less, and surely there are already excavated A place where it will be all winter. Pay close attention, because there are some turtles that do not, if you notice that your pet did not prepare the place for hibernate, you can prepare it.

Another thing you should pay close attention to is in your feeding. When the turtle slows down its activities, you must stop feeding it for about 3 and 4 weeks. This gives you the assurance that the food is well digested before the hibernation period, and helps prevent serious health problems to the turtle, caused by the fermentation of ingested food.

2. Provide a place

Turtles that are going to hibernate whether they are terrestrial or aquatic can hibernate outdoors, inside the house. If the turtle is outdoors, you should keep it indoors, for safety. Of course, check that you are in a place that does not exceed 10 degrees since that could wake you from hibernation. Check with your veterinarian for local hibernation calendars.

You have to control your turtle's weight changes during hibernation, if he is losing a lot of weight, go to the vet as soon as possible. You should not lose more than 1% of your weight during hibernation.

5. Food

You have to overfeed your turtle before it hibernates to prepare it and has food reserves. Give foods rich in vitamins, mainly Vitamin A. Also keep in mind that they have to empty the intestines before hibernating so you have to supply them with a lot of fiber before they get to it.

In short, try to take care of your pet's health and follow the veterinarian's instructions, in no case make your turtle hibernate if it is not in good health.

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Hi, I wanted to ask if the little turtles hibernate because my turtle is small but I don't eat and sleep no more

Many species of aquatic and terrestrial turtles undergo winter brumation, which is how hibernation is known in the case of cold-blooded animals. Turtles that live in captivity do not need brumation to survive, although if they do, they increase the chances of reproduction. We hope you found the answer helpful.

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