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  1. Barber25

    captive box turtles in the great outdoors

    She thanks you for the compliment...and of course has disappeared back beneath a brush pile
  2. Barber25

    captive box turtles in the great outdoors

    That is all good to know. You're giving me alot of hope
  3. Barber25

    captive box turtles in the great outdoors

    hmmmm...very interesting. So, perhaps she has been moving around already under the pile? There seemed to be some mouse nests or something in balls of grass clippings, and also alot of green new shoots under the pile, so maybe it was warmer there than I thought ! But it does concern me that it...
  4. Barber25

    captive box turtles in the great outdoors

    Well, the temperature was close to 70 this past weekend, so I was getting curious to see if my box turtle had survived the winter. I had created three brush piles, and had some ideas as to where she might have dug a burrow. I carefully raked off the sticks and grass and leaves from the 3...
  5. Barber25

    captive box turtles in the great outdoors

    I have piled grass clippings, brush and branches, leaves, and then a huge pile of ornamental grasses I clipped...I was going to ask if there was a danger (with this huge pile on top of the hibernation spot) if there was a danger of the turtle not getting air, or perhaps becoming trapped, but...
  6. Barber25

    captive box turtles in the great outdoors

    with all the appropriate sound effects
  7. Barber25

    captive box turtles in the great outdoors

    i picture a large grid on the wall with red tracking lights--would be interesting! if it's satellite based, then being underground would stop the signal...but it would allow the last location to be located, i would think?
  8. Barber25

    captive box turtles in the great outdoors

    It is kind of fun to try to find them...but very challenging. Inside the garden enclosure, I would let her be, but as a backup plan to ultimately find them, its an interesting idea. (the tracking device) The rest of the ten acres, it would be fun to do a little research--would they use the...
  9. Barber25

    captive box turtles in the great outdoors

    it is an interesting concept...but I have found them to be much more elusive and secretive than we realize...i wonder about these mini transmitters that can be glued to the shell..im sure theres some pros/cons to that i havent considered...you could track their whereabouts on a grid...hmmm would...
  10. Barber25

    captive box turtles in the great outdoors

    alot to digest! thanks for all the info....by accident, without knowing or trying, i may have created some good hibernation stations over the years (if there are any turtles on the loose on my property) I did find a wood turtle a few years back
  11. Barber25

    captive box turtles in the great outdoors

    We are getting close to colder weather, so some final questions on preparing for outdoor hibernation... being in the Saginaw, Michigan area, ive got to be at the northern edge of the habitat zone for EBT..I'm assuming therefore that the margin for error is small regarding hibernation spot...
  12. Barber25

    Anyone else experience THIS? (theft of tortoise)

    I hate to say it, but it does indeed appear that Elvis has left the house..
  13. Barber25

    captive box turtles in the great outdoors

    You are so right! All that work for her, amd the irony of her clamboring over the wall after I had been warned so many times! I just couldnt believe it, kept thinking "she's GOT to be here sonewhere!" I combed over every square inch at least 5 times...I had resigned myself to the fact she...
  14. Barber25

    captive box turtles in the great outdoors

    This turtle loves to torment me! After a few weeks of roaming in the garden, with noone being able to find her, she appeared today. I put her in the small adjacent enclosure, and built her a watering pool out of a toboggan, and started on a mulch pile. After all my work, I went to retrieve...
  15. Barber25

    captive box turtles in the great outdoors

    I've even heard rumors that they sometimes cajole birds into transporting them over barriers to freedom! The plot is certainly starting to thicken, and its already at the consistency of turtle soup. Has anyone utilized one of these small transmitters that can be glued to the shell? I dont...
  16. Barber25

    captive box turtles in the great outdoors

    this garden has a mesh wire fence probably 4 ft tall..so climbing not possible, but I know the fact its see through is not good. It was supposed to be temporary, but its been over a week. There was a frog sitting in the water dish a few days ago, so I think if the frog found it, the turtle...
  17. Barber25

    captive box turtles in the great outdoors

    Thank you for the detailed information. I will make another attempt to find her tomorrow. Assuming I do find her, I will then decide to leave her there, or perhaps bring her back to the box for a few months--either way, I will make all the recommended changes to prepare for hibernation.
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