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    Minimum temperatures outdoors for EBT?

    Okay, sounds like I've been overly conservative on this. Consensus seems to be that as long as it is over 60F (15C), and the sun is shining, the turt should be ok out there. That's good news, I look forward to getting him some extra outdoor time. Wish I could do full time outdoors, but it gets...
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    Minimum temperatures outdoors for EBT?

    Good question, I should have included that. This is a sub-adult, 3.5yr old. I agree a wild turt can obviously handle a broader spectrum of temperatures, but their are gradual changes and not sudden changed when moved from one location to another. My concern is if this turt is only accustomed to...
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    Minimum temperatures outdoors for EBT?

    What's a recommended air temperature range for bringing my captive bred EBT outdoors? Last summer I built a 4x8' pen, and we would bring the turt indoors every evening. Now it's spring and I'd like to start bringing it outside again, but I worry it's still too cool for a turtle that hasn't...
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    New diesle

    Thanks for the additional info Jeff. It's great that TJ has a developing interest in turtles, but I feel this community should be helping TJ learn responsible ownership. Removing threatened species from the wild isn't a part of the tutelage I'd support. TJ, I hope turtles fascinate you the way...
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    Outdoor Housing of Young Eastern Box Turtle

    Ideal would be where the enclosure can get morning sun IMO. My outdoor enclosure only gets afternoon sun unfortunately. I built mine 8x4' with 3 2x6 boards high. Those are screwed into 4x4s for support. More 2x6s overhanging the interior and exterior as capboards on top which should prevent...
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    Maybe the last outdoor day for my EBT

    Temps have been cooling off here and the leaves are starting to fall, not sure how many more days we will be able to put our EBT outside in his nice big enclosure. It's 25C out now, which is what I have the cool side of his indoor enclosure set to, so he's good to go out right now for maybe the...
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    New diesle

    Are you catching wild turtles then keeping them? Or are you releasing captive turtles into the wild? Either way, shouldn't be doing that imo.
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    Help Moving EBT Outdoors For First Time

    The friendly guy at the soil yard thought he did me a favour and gave me extra sand when I was buying the initial soil to fill this up. I mixed most of the sand in before realizing it was too much sand and was blowing away my intended 2:1 ratio. I went with it for a bit, but eventually...
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    Help Moving EBT Outdoors For First Time

    Temperatures are still all over the map here, 4C (39F) last couple of nights and 28C (82F) tomorrow. Between that and not having a lid made yet we are still just bringing Spike in and out to the outdoor enclosure when time and weather permits. I think I've got a lid design figured out in my mind...
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    Has anyone personally used the Penn-Plax Reptology Tortoise Palace indoor (2 box turtles)?

    Im currently setting up a 4x8' outdoor enclosure for our EBT for summers, but I need a new indoor enclosure for fall-spring too. My best thought I've had so far is one of those PVC snake cages that I'd add a litter dam to so I can increase substrate depth. I don't know how people keep the...
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    Heating for indoors enclosure night time?

    I use a ceramic heater on an extension cord that has an inline dimmer, I just got it at Walmart. I only adjust it for the start of winter and the start of summer, it stays where it is set for the rest of the season. IMO you don't want a completely constant temperature like you'd get from a...
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    Help Moving EBT Outdoors For First Time

    That's not a bad idea, I'll consider using one for my habitat. With some decoration, I might be able to employ the top half as a hide as well. Thanks!
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    Help Moving EBT Outdoors For First Time

    Planted it this afternoon. Variegated hosta, mini hosta, a couple of types of sedum, blue fescue, and what I think is creeping jenny.
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    Help Moving EBT Outdoors For First Time

    I'd seen it done but wasn't sure about the look of the pots on their sides, putting it under tall grass is a good idea. Might just do that. Found a nursery that is actually open to the public in town, might go plant shopping this afternoon. Considering Blue Fescue, Scottish Moss, sedum, and...
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    Help Moving EBT Outdoors For First Time

    Added the sand today and mixed it all together. Phase 1 is now complete after a ton of work in the middle of a heatwave over 3 days. Day 1 was sourcing lumber and building it. Day 2 was sourcing top soil (twice because they shorted me on the first trip) and shovelling & wheel barrowing it over...
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    Help Moving EBT Outdoors For First Time

    I imagine what you're talking about is impaction concerns. This isn't straight sand, it's soil and sand mixed 2:1, so Sandy soil . Sand increases the drainage of the soil and will better hold the shape of tunnels etc the turt digs.
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    Help Moving EBT Outdoors For First Time

    Meant to include an updated picture.
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    Help Moving EBT Outdoors For First Time

    Helpful info, thank you Colleen. What time of day does the turtle pen get sun? Mine won't have direct sun until about noon, which is less than ideal. I wish I had somewhere to put it that had morning sun but this property just can't accommodate that. Today we put in 1/2 yard of top soil...
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    Help Moving EBT Outdoors For First Time

    Decided to go for it yesterday, built a 4'x8'x18" enclosure out of pressure treated lumber. It's not as big as some enclosures, but it's probably already bigger than my backyard can really accommodate. I've got chicken wire fastened to the bottom so the turt can't escape from below. I'll be...
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    Help Moving EBT Outdoors For First Time

    Not so far north really, but north of Peterborough yes. I'd be in line with the UP of Michigan, not sure if our weather is the same though. We don't have the lakes moderating temperatures here. Historically EBTs lived in Ontario, not in my lifetime though. There are none in the wild here now...
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