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Frozen pets in the fridge: Turtles for the winter in the fridge
Tortoise owners should be thinking about overwintering their pets. A fridge and a scale are very helpful. However, it should not be forgotten to open the door of the winter quarters regularly.
Preparing for hibernation Owners of tortoises should prepare their animals for hibernation at the beginning of the cold season. For this purpose, the light and temperature in the terrarium should be slowly turned down over three weeks and the animal should no longer be fed. However, the turtle can still get water.
Wintering box is recommended. If the pet has started to freeze, it should ideally be placed in a wintering box filled with soil and a mixture of beech leaves and moss. The box should be about four times the size of the tank surface so that the animal has enough space. It must also be ensured that enough air gets into the box so that it does not mold, according to the Bundestierärztekammer (BTK) in Berlin.
Turtle in the refrigerator The box should be kept in a dark place at a constant four to six degrees, for example in a refrigerator. Especially if it is a separate device that is only used for the winter, the owner should make sure to open the refrigerator door once or twice a week so that the turtle gets enough oxygen.
Weighing the reptile regularly The BTK further advises to take the animal out of the quarter and weigh it every four weeks. Throughout the winter, the reptile should not lose more than ten percent of its body weight. If you notice a reddish discoloration on the abdominal armor, you should take the animal to the doctor, as this could indicate sepsis.
Three to five months of rest According to the BTK, it is not advisable to bury the turtle in the garden or outdoor enclosure, because frost can easily enter the wintering area and drive the reptile out of its shelter. Typically, tortoises rest for three to five months, but for very young animals only six to eight weeks. When the hibernation ends, the owner should slowly raise the temperature around the turtle. (ad)
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