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Well there is not a big debate on her about your question. Us old timers tend to hibernate our healthy tortoises. I like to keep my animals as near as possible to what they would have in the wild. I know what works for all my animals and animal care and husbandry experience only comes with time. For a first time tortoise owner, do as much reading as you can. Many tortoises are now kept more like domestic pets, inside in tortoise tables, same as snakes and lizards. It doesn't mean this is the best we can do for them. I like my lizards and tortoises to enjoy life outside under the sun. If you let them spend time outside in the summer, their own clock tells then when it is time to wind down. Alot of new owners do not realise this when they go for a Mediterranean tortoise. You cannot dictate to the tortoise how it shoud behave. So, we let them do what comes naturally, hibernation. Tortoises require more care than snakes and lizards and you will find if you have a Med. tortoise as well as your other beasts, hibernation time will give you more time for your other reptiles.

Now if you want to go for a different type of tortoise, think carefully and get as much advice as possible. Many can go out in the summer but need heat and humidty during the winter.

What you decide to do is eventually your own decision and must fit in with your circumstances. As far as not hibernating a tortoise, there has not been enough research done on what the long term effects are likely to be. This is understandable as they are so long lived. As with all reptiles, even lizards is captivity, many like a period of brumation. It is also necessary for breeding. I think you have to be very careful in trying to alter the living and sleeping patterns with reptiles that they have been used to for thousands of years as it can lead to long term health problems.
 
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