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Hibernation in KS, above ground, outside

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Posted by: lizardsandspice at Sat Aug 11 10:25:59 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by lizardsandspice ]  
   

I currently have my turtles outside in a pen. We live in Kansas, near Kansas city, and I am hoping to hibernate my turtles in the pen. They have a barrier on the bottom of their pen to prevent them from digging out, but I was hoping to make a 14" tall leaf/peat moss pile for them to hibernate in above that barrier. I was thinking that I could also add old carpet for protection. Is this sufficient? Has anyone tried something similar?

An alternate strategy would be to hibernate them in our storage unit at a storage facility in the double box method. I would not really be sure when to put them in and take them out however, and I would not be there to listen for them wanting water. I would also not be able to warm them up every couple of weeks to check on them, like I have seen suggested elsewhere. I have four EBTs. I was wondering whether I should hibernate them in separate small boxes in the larger box, or if I should put them in one larger box together (inside another tub or box) with perhaps a crock for water. Can you soak them every few weeks in cold faucet water or luke warm to water them, without warming them up?
This will be my first winter with them, and of course I am nervous about the process, so I am just trying to work out all the details. Thank you!!!!


   

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