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Old 25-11-2011, 01:32 PM
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mine were always hibernated but I personally don't believe in keeping torts awake so they lay more eggs out of what would be their normal laying season. My female laid 3 lots of eggs in the summer which to me is a natural way of things, whether its needed to lay I wouldn't know as I never tried anything else.
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Is it necessary to hibernate to breed?
Hibernation is part of their normal life cycle, and they have survived for millions of years doing this. So I would say yes they do need hibernation to breed. I always hibernate my tortoises, unless they are under 30grms, thats because I am too scared at that size to do so. One of these years I will hibernate really small tortoises.
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Old 25-11-2011, 04:18 PM
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Most reptiles need some form of hibernation, brumation or estivation (not sure about spelling) to prime them for breeding. It's natural to start breeding in the spring, this keeps the timing right, otherwise eggs could be arriving late in the year, or as happens with tropical tortoises, they could lay in the winter. So, if you want to breed, I would suggest you start getting your tortoises into a routine of hibernation now. You can start the wind down for juvenile tortoise now, so they will be ready to box up by Christmas or just after.
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Old 25-11-2011, 04:34 PM
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I was going to try breeding for the first time, my torts are just about to go in the fridge in kitchen as the fridge I bought isn't going lower than 10c which is quite annoying! Hoping to keep them in the downstairs fridge til Xmas time til I sort a fridge out seperately for them but if I can't will have to wake them up wasn't sure if this was a long enough sleep for them to breed next year if not will just have to wait til the year after
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Old 25-11-2011, 04:48 PM
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First of all, no this is not long enough hibernation and not worth doing,so don't wake them after one monnth If your tortoises are 10 years +, they may breed, has the female laid eggs before?

Put them in the cooler fridge if you can get it near 5c, then transfer them later to the other one. You would be able to get the tortoise fridge temp. lower if you put frozen bottles of water in and kept them going by putting the bottles in a freezer and putting new ones in the fridge every day. Keep your tortoises near the bottom of the fridge as cold air drops. Use a digital thermometer to check the temp. over a week. Older torotoies can hibernate for 4 months easily, you do not want them awake too early, so March/April is a good time for them to wake.

Have they hibernated before and what ages are your tortoises. You really need to know what you are doing re hibernation and about breeding before you think about breeding.
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can i just point out it's the size of the tortoise not the age that count's for breeding
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This is what I assumed it was also, my female is around 600g not sure on length.
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Might be a tad small but as I said what age is it?
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