Hi guys, meet Tortellini a hatchling three toed box turtle and my first reptile. I just got him today, warmed him up from the cold and have let him snooze in his enclosure. He likes to burrow pretty deep in the substrate, I actually thought I lost him for a minute earlier . This is mostly an introduction but I also have a couple questions. I've seen a lot of differing information on his basking temperature. During the day he had high 80s to mid 90s on and around his rock and about 70 over in his cool humid side. Later around 11pm that crept up to a highest spot of 105 and 75 over in the cool side and everything in between and a very large pool for him to soak in (it's very shallow, he could not drown. I know they aren't considered great swimmers). Do I need to make a different basking setup? What would be considered too hot? He has such a wide range of temps i feel like he can just do whatever he wants and i can trust him but I'd like to double check.
My second question is, should I be concerned he hasn't eaten yet? He basked when I unboxed him after I soaked him and then he moved to his pool for some extra soaks and then has spent the rest of the day burrowed deep in the dirt for naps. I have offered him freeze dried cricket, freeze dried grasshopper, fresh earth worm, various organic greens, and some commercial land turtle diet and I'm pretty sure he hasn't sampled any of it. Any tips for enticing him to eat? The freeze dried insects seem too big and crunchy for him, should I soak them and make them into a paste? When should I be concerned if I can't get him to eat? I think he is probably just stressed from shipping and he was pretty chilly when I unboxed him, hopefully tomorrow he will eat something and move around a bit more.