Desert Tortoise’s hibernate when it gets cold which can be in September or early October. As the days become cooler and the hours of daylight shorten, the tortoise will eat less, bask less and appear sluggish. Wild tortoise’s hibernate 2-3 months and some in other temperature climates can hibernate for 7 months. Hibernation factors vary to determine how long your particular tortoise will hibernate if at all.
Desert Tortoises hibernate from November to February every year. They dig burrows that are 3-6ft deep. They spend 95% of their time in these burrows, even when they’re not in a dormant state. Their burrows are much, much cooler, which is how they survive the 140 degrees Fahrenheit weather.
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