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    Thread: My new box turtle enclosure

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      My new box turtle enclosure

      This is some photos during the construction and final completion pics of a home created for an Eastern box turtle.
      The stream is filtered by a water garden on the "outside" of the enclosure. Some box turtles are not good swimmers and could drown, so the pond was built as a filter only.

      Besides the stream their are two caves, driftwood and a pile of old leaves for cover. Box turtles are land turtles so they spend most of their time buried for protection from predators. They can live 80 years or more. This turtle was rescued from a family who kept her in their basement for many years and grew tired of caring for her. For best health they should be kept in an outdoor enclosure.
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      If you look closely in the center of the first picture w/berries you will see her head peeking out from under the weeds and leaves
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      A pretty addition to your landscape.
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      Well, isn't that just the cleverest little home for a turtle.
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      cool.do you just have the one female?we had 5,then 11 as people kept bringing them over when they found them hurt.then they had many babies.(like 45 the last year we had them).we rehomed them as we couldn't keep them all and we exhausted people willing to take and care for them.

      your enclosure looks pretty good.i guess you have the rocks to wear her claws down,do you feed her on a rock sometimes to wear down her beak?
      here's some babies.



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      That is very nice! She is so cute. I love your landscaping looks great. I love the little pond.

      Will you bring her inside in the winter?
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      Quote Originally Posted by kev View Post
      cool.do you just have the one female?we had 5,then 11 as people kept bringing them over when they found them hurt.then they had many babies.(like 45 the last year we had them).we rehomed them as we couldn't keep them all and we exhausted people willing to take and care for them.

      your enclosure looks pretty good.i guess you have the rocks to wear her claws down,do you feed her on a rock sometimes to wear down her beak?
      here's some babies.


      This is my first box turtle all my other turtles are aquatic and they live in my ponds or aquariums.

      The family had been asking me to take their turtle for a long time. I told them once I had the right habitat built I would take her in. The turtle eats "Turtle Bone" which is similar to cuttle bone that they feed birds which helps keep her beak trim.

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      yeah,that'll work.mine would never eat cuttle bone,so i fed them on slate once a week.your enclosure looks beautiful.it's a nice addition to your yard.good luck.

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      Quote Originally Posted by gray cat View Post
      That is very nice! She is so cute. I love your landscaping looks great. I love the little pond.

      Will you bring her inside in the winter?
      Thank you.

      Hibernation scares me. It's not easy like it is with koi. I'm really undecided at this point. I've only had her since the middle of June. Many people hibernate box turtles in refrigerators because stable temps can be maintained.
      If she doesn't hibernate, I will have to buy something to keep her in the house for the winter. We will enjoy the summer for now.

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      we just filled the enclosure with hay in the late fall.they would burrow into it and come out when it was warm enough.are you in north or south jersey?

      i never lost one and hibernated them outside in hay for 10yrs or so.

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      Cute habitat!

      I'm thinking that's a boy though because of the red eyes.

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      Very nice & love the little stream inside the enclosure. Bet the turtle is really enjoying it. The lily pond is a nice touch.
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      Quote Originally Posted by kev View Post
      we just filled the enclosure with hay in the late fall.they would burrow into it and come out when it was warm enough.are you in north or south jersey?

      i never lost one and hibernated them outside in hay for 10yrs or so.

      I'm in central NJ (Monmouth County) I've only hibernated one turtle a Common Musk and she died. I've never lost a koi. I will probably do hibernation, but might skip this winter. I'm not sure how well she was cared for prior to me. This will give me some time to give her a proper and nutrition diet and make sure she is in the best of health before going through with it.
      I'm glad to hear you've had good results

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      Any concern of a raccoon carrying it off?
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      Quote Originally Posted by Swimming Jewel View Post
      Cute habitat!

      I'm thinking that's a boy though because of the red eyes.

      http://www.bio.davidson.edu/people/m...le/boxinfo.htm

      They told me when they first got her, she laid eggs so.............

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      Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
      Very nice & love the little stream inside the enclosure. Bet the turtle is really enjoying it. The lily pond is a nice touch.
      Thanks, yeah I'm going backwards. I started with a large koi pond and now I've got a little $80 preformed water garden from Home Depot.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Rick Gippner View Post
      Any concern of a raccoon carrying it off?
      Yes, I do think of it often. I've only seen a raccoon once in 14 years in my backyard last April though.

      I've bought a motion detector light which I haven't hook up yet. I also have a motion detector Scarecrow that I don't use because I kept squirting myself when using it around my birdfeeders to discourage cats. Might try hooking that up again.

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      Laura told me she asked about turtles at petsmart the other day and they told her it is no longer legal to buy/own turtles in texas ????

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      That is really pretty!! If I was a turtle, I certainly would want that for a home.

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      Quote Originally Posted by prestongohlke View Post
      Laura told me she asked about turtles at petsmart the other day and they told her it is no longer legal to buy/own turtles in texas ????

      Turtles are legal to own in NJ you just can't sell them. You have to buy out of state. I've bought most of my turtles from Florida

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