THE TORTOISE “HIBERNATION HOUSE”.


I have kept Tortoises for over 30 years and have tried loads of different hibernation units and eventually come up with this design.

After all your tortoise will probably been the longest living member of your family, we put so much time and effort into our tortoises it seems mad that come October they end up in an old cardboard packing box for up to 6 months?

Your Tortoise should be kept between 3-7 degree’s c, the trouble with plastic and cardboard boxes is as soon as the temperature outside rises so will your Tortoises body temperature and if they wake up during the winter months they will burn off calories that they need stored for hibernation.



You also don’t want a box that is much larger than your tortoise as you don’t want him/her waking and moving around a large area and then going back to sleep in the corner as this can be dangerous, if the air temperature goes below freezing and your tortoise is right against the side of a thin walled box it can kill.



The choice of hibernating medium is very subjective and I can’t really go into all the options (and you probably have a medium you like using already) I have always used hay but that’s just me.

My Hibernation Houses use 25mm Redwood timber (the same timber used in furniture making and all my other houses) for its outer walls, within this outer structure is another box made of 9mm WBP plywood, this is the sleeping chamber .Between this plywood box and the outer case is 25mm of insulating polystyrene so you end up with a cavity wall around the whole of the inner box (just as in a modern house) plus the floor is also insulated. So with this design you will get much less fluctuation in temperature and if your tortoise does move to the corner or side they will still have no chance of freezing because of the cavity insulation.

A metal clasp is fitted on to the lid so the hibernation house is 100% predator proof; tortoises have been eaten by rats and foxes while hibernating so this little feature can give you peace of mind.

The top of the hibernation house has air vents fitted into it, again once your tortoise is well into hibernation their breathing will be so shallow that their is very little need for much air flow, so these air vents will supply more than is needed.

There are two cast iron carrying handles on either side of the hibernation house to allow easy moving to different temperature zones.

Please note the reptile thermometer show in the pictures is not fitted as standard but can be supplied and fitted as an extra, this allows easy temperature monitoring .The extra cost of this is £3.00

The hibernation house weighs over 10 kilos so if it’s knocked while your tortoise is hibernating it won’t go flying across the floor as with a cardboard box!

The dimensions of the standard hibernation house are as follows

16” (410mm) wide (outer box)

12.5"(320mm) high (outer box)

15” (380mm) Deep (outer box)

11” (280mm) wide (inner sleeping chamber)

10” (255mm) high (inner sleeping chamber)

11.5” (290mm) deep (inner sleeping chamber)

The dimensions of the large hibernation house are as follows

20” (510mm) wide (outer box)

12.5"(320mm) high (outer box)

15” (380mm) Deep (outer box)

15.5” (395mm) wide (inner sleeping chamber)

10” (255mm) high (inner sleeping chamber)

11” (280mm) deep (inner sleeping chamber)

(All Approx)

The colour of the house is natural ,treated with natural oils to prolong the life of the unit.

Please note that my advice is only my opinion and i do not state to be an expert so please only take it on face value.