Tortoises are vulnerable to rat attack, particularly whilst hibernating. Whilst they are in this state they are unable to defend themselves. If one finds their way into the box then it has been known for the rodents to bite the legs of the tortoise causing harm. Bites may become infected, leading to full or partial amputation being necessary. This results in suffering for both yourself and your pet.
If you are not insured then vets bills can run to thousands of pounds. You can prevent the problem by using Hammer Technologies new rodent repellent flooring. Simply place the flooring on the floor of the shed or garage where you will be hibernating your pet. He or she will be defended from attack.
Hibernation is a dangerous time for tortoises. It is well worth performing some research before you put your tortoise down to hibernate to make sure you don't make any mistakes. For instance, it may not be recommended for him to have a late last meal as this can lead to death. It is also important that the area in which the tortoise is hibernating does not drop to freezing point. If this happens the tortoise will also die in this situation. The temperature must be carefully regulated within a certain range. This is in order for hibernation to continue and the tortoise to remain safe. Conduct some research to find out what the latest recommendations are.