Eastern Box Turtle Pen

Plato Zorba

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I'm in the midst of my fourth year keeping eastern box turtles and every year the garden has been tweeked to some extent. This year I decided to upgrade the fence entirely. I staggered pressure treated 2×8s that were cut in 3 foot sections and then buried about 6-7" underground. All in all its a completely enclosed garden about 300 square feet including a small bog that is 6' x 4' and varies from 6" to a foot deep. There are also six slate hides and several hollowed logs. We keep 4 females and a single male in the pen. The pics are dated a few months before everything started growing here in central NJ but hopefully you get the idea. 20180503_163300.jpeg 20180503_163233.jpeg 20180503_163251.jpeg 20180429_133143.jpeg 20180429_133200.jpeg
 

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I'm in the midst of my fourth year keeping eastern box turtles and every year the garden has been tweeked to some extent. This year I decided to upgrade the fence entirely. I staggered pressure treated 2×8s that were cut in 3 foot sections and then buried about 6-7" underground. All in all its a completely enclosed garden about 300 square feet including a small bog that is 6' x 4' and varies from 6" to a foot deep. There are also six slate hides and several hollowed logs. We keep 4 females and a single male in the pen. The pics are dated a few months before everything started growing here in central NJ but hopefully you get the idea. View attachment 241131 View attachment 241132 View attachment 241133 View attachment 241134 View attachment 241135
Fantastic Turtle Garden.
 

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Rover15, I do not, no pump just an aerator to provide a little movement and keep it from freezing over the winter. I should of mentioned the bog does have a few frogs, goldfish and some minnows as well but it's full of plants which we've relied on to absorb the nutrients out of the water. A couple times during the summer I flood it out with well water as well. I'll try to post some pics this week so you get a better feel.
 

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Rover15, I do not, no pump just an aerator to provide a little movement and keep it from freezing over the winter. I should of mentioned the bog does have a few frogs, goldfish and some minnows as well but it's full of plants which we've relied on to absorb the nutrients out of the water. A couple times during the summer I flood it out with well water as well. I'll try to post some pics this week so you get a better feel.
It looks great and I wanted to do something like this for my pen, not that size but where I dont need a pump, I dont want to run 100 plus foot of electrical cord.

I believe there are battery powered air supplies. Mind you I'm in the city so I wouldn't get frogs or put fish in, just more plants and an area for them to play in
 

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It looks great and I wanted to do something like this for my pen, not that size but where I dont need a pump, I dont want to run 100 plus foot of electrical cord.

I believe there are battery powered air supplies. Mind you I'm in the city so I wouldn't get frogs or put fish in, just more plants and an area for them to play in
I dug it deep hoping at some point to add a few spotted turtles. It's actually about 2 and a half feet deep but over a foot is a mucky bottom of peat and sand. We tried to go natural without pumps and skimmers and just let the plants filter the water. On top of the frogs and goldfish that overwinter we also get dragonfly larvae as well.
 

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I'm in the midst of my fourth year keeping eastern box turtles and every year the garden has been tweeked to some extent. This year I decided to upgrade the fence entirely. I staggered pressure treated 2×8s that were cut in 3 foot sections and then buried about 6-7" underground. All in all its a completely enclosed garden about 300 square feet including a small bog that is 6' x 4' and varies from 6" to a foot deep. There are also six slate hides and several hollowed logs. We keep 4 females and a single male in the pen. The pics are dated a few months before everything started growing here in central NJ but hopefully you get the idea. View attachment 241131 View attachment 241132 View attachment 241133 View attachment 241134 View attachment 241135
That is gorgeous!
 

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I dug it deep hoping at some point to add a few spotted turtles. It's actually about 2 and a half feet deep but over a foot is a mucky bottom of peat and sand. We tried to go natural without pumps and skimmers and just let the plants filter the water. On top of the frogs and goldfish that overwinter we also get dragonfly larvae as well.
Misquote larvae would be my worry .... minnows could do the trick let the box turtles eat the minnows that eat the larvae
 

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Misquote larvae would be my worry .... minnows could do the trick let the box turtles eat the minnows that eat the larvae
I think the aerator provides enough movement to keep the mosquitoes away but without one, I think as you said, the minnows would do the trick.
 

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That's a lot of work to do that staggered vertical fence but it sure came out well...
 

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The enclosure is growing out nicely! Definently one of the more upper tire enclosures for boxies! The bog looks like its always been there. love it

Kyle
 

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Great looking enclosure - definitely one for other keepers to emulate. It also serves as a great natural green space for water runoff from the downspouts. Nice boggy area...
 

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