too small to hibernate?
(San Diego, CA)
We adopted 4 desert tortoise youngsters 2 years ago. We kept them indoors and warm for 2 winters so they wouldn't hibernate. One is about half the size of the other three. I always made sure that he ate. He is just a healthy little runt. I made a large burrow for them in a large rectangular planter. Just over a week ago, when it started to get cooler and rainy, I transferred them there. There is no food, just water. The little guy is still awake. I can tell because his little water dish keeps getting dirty and once I caught him in the "swimming hole".
Is it possible that he is too small to hibernate? I still have the indoor set up and it would be easy for me to bring him indoors for the winter. I could also offer him food until he is ready to hibernate.
BTW, we live in So. Cal. Our weather is finicky this time of the year. We are having cooler nights and it warms up during the day.