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RE: is it just me or is that wrong

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Posted by: Katrina at Thu Aug 20 12:35:31 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Katrina ]  
   

Wrong on so many levels. A trio (assuming 1.2) of box turtles in a 6 or 9 foot square pen would be incredibly stressed. The females would likely be harrassed incessantly by a male in an enclosure that small - which can result in injuries, lowered immune function, and improper thermoregulation (which causes a host of other problems). I've gotten these turtles in my rescue - I've seen the results of "care information" like that, and it's not pretty.

Plus, box turtles are very individualistic. One might be fine in a large "cement mixing tray", which is what, 3x2? Another might go nuts in anything less than 20 feet square. It just depends on the individual turtle, but most "professional hobbyists" and professional herpetologists don't recommend anything less than 10 square feet for a permanent enclosure.

I'll have to read the article when there's a chance. What did it recommend for substrate and diet?

Katrina


   

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