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Your Tortoise or Box Turtle and Hibernation

By: Dr. Jenni Bass

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The following list is a guide as to which species may hibernate:

Box Turtles

Terrapene carolina species
  • Common or Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina)
  • Three Toed Box Turtle (T. c. triunguis)
  • Gulf Coast Box Turtle (T. c. major)
  • Florida Box Turtle (T. c. bauri)

    Terrapene ornata species
  • Eastern Ornate Box Turtle (Terrapene ornata ornata)
  • Salt Basin or Texas Ornate Box Turtle (T. o. luteola)

    Florida Box turtles, Gulf Coast Box turtles from the southern extremes
    of their range and Ornate Box tortoises from the southern extremes of
    their range do not usually hibernate.

    Gopher Tortoises

  • Gopherus (Xerobates) species
  • Desert Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus (Xerobates) agassizii)
  • Texas Gopher Tortoise (G. (X.) berlandieri)
  • Mexican Gopher Tortoise (G. flavomarginatus)
  • Florida Gopher Tortoise (G. polyphemus)

    Tortoises

    Testudo species
  • North African or Moorish Tortoise (Testudo graeca graeca and T. g. ibera)
  • Hermann's Tortoise (T. hermanni hermanni and T. h. boettgeri)
  • Afghan, Steppe or Horsfield's Tortoise (T. horsfieldi)
  • Greek or Spur Thighed Tortoise (T. ibera)
  • Marginated Tortoise (T. marginata)
  • Egyptian Tortoise (T. kleinmanni)

    Most Testudo species hibernate. The exceptions are some North African
    tortoises (not a common pet) and those of African origin, such as the
    Egyptian tortoise.

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