Outdoor Enclosure in WA?
Posted 11 October 2009 - 12:35 PM
I am in Western WA. In the Fall and Winter, our temps can dip to below freezing. So....can you keep an Eastern outdoors year round? Will he hibernate if I move him indoors in the winter? I cannot have him pacing all the time, it makes me sad for him.
I've been doing a lot of reading online today, but cannot find info that helps me regarding the year-round outdoor possibility.
Any help will greatly be appreciated!
Posted 11 October 2009 - 05:56 PM
Posted 11 October 2009 - 06:23 PM
Here is a link to a thread that I started shortly after getting it up and running last winter.
My 3-Toed Box Turtle is VERY happy in it. There are a lot of different ways that these can be configured to fit the needs of your specific critter. I also have 3 rapidly growing NA Wood Turtle adolescents in it that require a semi-aquatic habitat, hence the "pond" in the table...although the box turtle also seems to enjoy bobbing about in it as well.
Edited by portsample, 11 October 2009 - 06:34 PM.
Posted 11 October 2009 - 10:23 PM
If your new acquisition has been in an aquarium for years(do you have any idea how long the previous people had him?), now is not a good time for him to transition to a new place outdoors as wild box turtles usually know their areas and know where to hibernate.
Welcome to Turtle Times!
Posted 12 October 2009 - 07:46 PM
I had decided last night that I would build him a table (following the lead of cavy cages-type setups). Your turtle table is gorgeous! I definitely want to make a habitat that is wider, instead of tall.
I am happy to report that last night and today my little one seems like a much happier camper. His previous owners had no heat source for him at all and he seems to be enjoying basking quite a lot. Last night he perched on a new rock I got him and pulled all his little legs in while he slept. He is eating well and isn't climbing the walls at all anymore. I taped up some opaque tracing paper on the tank for now, trying to help him feel more comfortable.
Anyway, thanks for the advice and I will be posting more I'm sure!
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