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The Scoop: Prevent an Early End to Hibernation in the Fridge

With the effects of global warming causing problems around the globe, I'll admit I was a tad surprised when I read about this solution to an early end to hibernation. Because of the rising temperatures, tortoise experts in England are recommending that owners keep their pets in the fridge (!) during winter months. You see, when warm weather wakes the turtles too early – before the final cold snaps of winter – the creatures are at risk when temperatures drop again. If the animals' body temps rise above around 41 degrees Celsius, the reptiles will begin digesting food and will die when it gets cold again. In response to this growing issue, Joy Bloor, owner of one of England's largest tortoise sanctuaries says that "if you open the door every day they should get enough air . . . but you shouldn't go away on holiday and leave them."

Hmm, I'm pretty neurotic about my fridge – I don't even like smelly food or leftovers to go in there, and I can't possibly imagine keeping a pet in there. Am I being unreasonable here? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 9 years
I think I would be purchasing a mini-fridge for this purpose.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
I've got a Russian tortoise and when I bought Terry 4 years ago I was forewarned by both research and the pet store not to allow her to hibernate! Apparently if tortoises go into hibernation malnourished or with any sort of ailment or trace of cold, they could die. I turn Terry's light on every morning and off every night which keeps her on a regular temperature schedule and she never goes into hibernation. Additionally, I can't imagine leaving my girl in the fridge for part of the year! She needs people around- she hates being alone!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Ewww sounds a bit creepy to me!
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