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Brumation

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  1. mark1

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    I've "un-brumated" them a lot , every year I can think of I've gotten one or two early ….. I've not been real confident of a few over the years and hibernated them a month or two whereas it's normally about 7 months here ……. I did one this year for a month , and one for two months , one has ear abscesses and the other was with it and another with a respiratory infection whom I didn't even let try to hibernate ……. if your box turtle cannot dig into the natural ground don't leave him out . eastern box turtles don't go very deep , but I've seen them down up to about 6 inches below natural ground level ………. counting the ground cover leaves , grass and branches would put them down 2 1/2' -3' feet from the surface
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    Now I am really scared. :( I am new to all this. m My box CHOSE that place, inside the acrylic enclosure, but... he is a wild box and probably made a mistake..
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    Nothing to be scared about. Just pile up leaves and garden trash over the acrylic enclosure so it's 2' high or higher. He'll be fine.
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    Yvonne, we did and I will do more. Thank you. So unbrumate in March, right? Or wait until he comes out h by himself?
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    Just let him come out by himself. Once the nights are consistently over 50F he'll start to unbury himself
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    the below quote has me picturing the turtle in an acrylic box on it's side with the opening sideways ? if that is the case and he doesn't have access to dig in the natural ground , imo it's a pretty risky way to hibernate a turtle .......my winters are much harsher than yours , but i've seen turtles without access to the natural ground freeze to death before ...... if the ground side of the acrylic box is open , allowing the turtle to dig into the NATURAL ground , then as Yvonne said i wouldn't worry ......



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