Turtles, Tortoises and Hibernation

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Great video.

You mentioned a couple times that it's safe for Box turtles to brumate in a flood zone due to their aquatic nature. What's the thought process on this? Even though they can swim, wouldn't they still be in danger of drowning same as a tortoise would? Or, do they have the ability to wake up quicker and get out of harm's way?

Also, can you comment on how deep EBTs dig down the further north in latitude? I read in an older book on MI turtles that they dig as much as 3 feet down, which seems like a lot. Though I suppose that that far north, they may need to dig that deep to be below the frost line. I also wonder how biologists figure that out without digging up a bunch of turtles in the winter!
 
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