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Fred
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I have two RES\'s I got last summer. They have gone into a kind of slow down cycle in late fall for two years now. They hardly eat at all now and are very inactive. Is this normal or am I doing something wrong? Thanks
2wan
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So long as they live in a healthy envirement, with the right lighting, diet, water and all things turtles need, most will slow down a little. The colder the water gets the slower they will get. Make sure the water temp maintains around 75 to 85 degrees, even with it getting colder outside.
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They live inside and the temp stays about the same all year. They look healthy and their color is good. Thanks for your help.
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So you have a submersible heater to regulate the temp? The water will usually be AROUND room temp, but cooler in winter. Chances are your water is cooler and they are slowing down b/c of that. 75-80F is a good temp, but if it oes down to 70F, that is OK too. They will be less active, that is all; just a different lifestyle to go with the seasons.

Cheers,
JJ :)
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