Brumation and Hybrids

David Salas

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I have a baby CB hybrid box turtle, and since it has Florida Eastern, 3 toed and ornate genes, I was wondering if it may have an inability to brumate, I'm thinking because of the Florida location . I live in South Carolina and winter's here are colder then Florida but milder then up north.?????
 

MichaelL

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It probably can. Even here in Fl, it still gets cold in some parts with some nights in the winter reaching freezing and overcast days in the 60s. I assume the Fl boxies up in more north florida kind of take a pause of activity for a while during the cooler months. Especially with all those other genes of ones that do hibernate, I think it should be fine. In South Carolina it seems okay as well. Just wait for a second opinion.
 

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I have several Florida box turtles and all of them brumate.
 
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All American Boxie's brumate...Its more a function of temperature over sustained days. I can recall several sustained winter days in the Low Country of 30s and 40s with dips into the 20s during cold fronts but that was 30 years ago. I don't think it matters if you are in the Upstate, Midlands, or Low Country. Having said that, here in South Texas we have extremely mild winters and a winter day of 35 degrees is a rarity. More like 50s - 60s with an occasional dip into the low 40s. In this case, mine burry themselves and are inactive but I don't think they achieve complete brumation as we have wild temperature spikes to the 60s on some winter days.
 
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