I how ever have not been able to find a page to help me with a semi new addition to the family... this is our second winter with our rescued Russian Tortis... she is approximately 10-12 years old...
Last winter as expected her eating and activity levels dropped around the beginning of Dec... I'm sure due to temperature changes in our house (we live in Wisconsin) but she still ate well and defecated regularly... this winter she is very in active and rarely eats... she only defecats when soaking... the warm end of her tank is still around 85-90 degrees... and the UVB light is on for about 12-13 hours a day... According to my research some Russian Tortis do hibernate... in that time they don't eat very much... if they have a full stomach or intestine they could developed gut rot and die... so I provide her with fresh food and water every 2-3 days but most of the time she doesn't eat... I get worried about water so about 3 or 4 times now I have still brought her to the tub for a good soak... 10-15 min... in that time she does wake up a bit and poops... but after putting her back in her tank I don't see her eating... I don't want to be that pesky owner that is a pain and just won't let her sleep... but I'm not sure what all hibernation intails... should I trust her to know what is best for her or should I try to increase temperatures and UVB time... I guess I'm just wondering what is "Normal" ... and what can I do to best take care of her and her needs? Just call me Tortis Clueless... ;0)
Any help, advice, or pointed to good chat sight would help... like I said I love this page and nothing I have found compairs.