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Guide to hibernating Mediterranean and Horsfield’s tortoises

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Background: Hibernation is encouraged for healthy Mediterranean and Horsfield’s tortoises. A controlled hibernation is essential to reduce posthibernation complications or deaths. Suboptimal husbandry before hibernation and incorrect hibernation techniques may increase the risk of posthibernation complications.

Aim of the article: This article provides a guide to hibernating Mediterranean and Horsfield’s tortoises, covering the prehibernation, hibernation and posthibernation periods, and also outlines how to address any complications.

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