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Thanks for the info please share more

Posted: Mon Dec 08, 2003 2:03 am
by treeeenz
thank you for the replies to my first posting our RES whom I believe to be a male is about eight inches from one end of his shell to the other,we have given him the name Emig,I removed the gravel and replaced it with some larger smoother rocks that are still small enough for him to dig around in and made a basking area out of some much larger rocks and he now has a UV bulb to bask under after the holidays we are going to look into a larger tank to make a mor appropriate habitat I have been very surprised at how much personality he has my only other big concern right now is wether or not he needs to hibernate and how I go about properly setting him up for that someone suggested putting him in a box in a cool room for a few months but that just doesn\'t sound right so I will wait until I get some sound information from someone who knows turtles personally thanks again and I hope to hear more soon

Re: Thanks for the info please share more

Posted: Mon Dec 08, 2003 1:48 pm
by deesygirl
Box turtles are the ones that go into a box to hibernate. RES hibernate in the water. I don\'t hibernate mine, but that is a personal choice. Hibernating can be tricky and I never felt I wanted to do that to them. :)

Here is the info on hibernation in my RES book.
Start by cooling down the water (turn off your tank heater)in the tank to 50-60 for a period of 6-8 weeks. During this time they will not eat so don\'t worry about that. Make sure you use a timer for the lights and set for 10 hours. Many people recommend that you move the tank to a dark cool part of your house for hibernation. After 6-8 weeks bring the temp in your tank up to regular temps and feed an optimal diet. Make sure you feed correct ratio of protien and veggies.