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outdoor spotted pond in MI questions

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Posted by: GLZ at Sat Nov 14 23:59:36 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by GLZ ]  
   

In the area of Michigan that I live there are a lot of wild spotted turtles, they can even be found deep back on my property outside the area used as my yard.

I have been thinking about setting up a pond in my yard area once winter passes. My hope would be to get the pond set up nicely to attract some wild spotted turtles to it. The Spotted's being wild would of course be free to come and go as they please I just think it would be really cool to have some wild spotted's living in the pond year round in my yard area which would make for fantastic easy viewing.

I am not very experianced with keeping and or raising turtles so I need some advise on how to set up the pond so that it will be a good set up for this species ... My main concern is setting things up so that they can hibernate in this pond/pond area safely during the cold winter months.

I have a pre-formed plastic pond sitting in my garage that I would like to use, if it would be accetable ... its about 6.5' long x about 4.5' wide x about 10" deep, the center of the pond is about 24" deep.

Any advise would be appreciated!! I dont want to attract them to the pond and then have them die during the winter because they couldnt hibernate correctely.

Thanks in advance!!


   

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