Can eastern Box Turtles swim?

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hi I was wondering if the EBT can swim I need to know how deep I should make the pool for them
thanks for the input

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Yes they can!! Atleast mine can! I have a baby pool for them and they love it! They swim under and over water. I have a rock in the middle that they can get on if they want to stop and rest. I only let them do this to get cooled off and then I return them to their enclosure (outside). Its a lot of fun to watch them swim!! :)
 

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any suggestions how deep I should make it it would be outside all the time with them, so they could go in and out whenever they want

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Luvpets, do u use a wire mesh or something else underneath the ground so they can't escape? I made mine enclosure with nothing would they be alright? I heard a horrible story that one got caught underneath the ground in the mesh and I'd like that.

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Mine is just one of those plastic , cheap kiddie pools. I think its about 4 or 5 inches deep. I know they can not touch so they float or get on the rock I put in it. You could put a rock against the side (inside) and one outside for them so they can easily get out.
 

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I didnt put anthing under the ground. I used wood for the sides and its tall. I put the wood in the ground about a foot just incase they tried to dig their way out.

Mine will stand on their hind leggs and strerch to see if they can reach the top!! It is so cute!! :)
 

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what about your outside enclosure do you have any wire mesh or something else underneath

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The depth of the pool is not a factor, they are awkward looking swimmers but they do it very well, just make it easy for them to get out of the pool.
 

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Ok thank you

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I will post pictures tomorrow, then I should be done with it because I should get them on Tuesday or Wednesday

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SANDRA_MEISSNEST said:
what about your outside enclosure do you have any wire mesh or something else underneath

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I answered this for ya :) :)
 

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luvpetz27 said:
How many EBT's are you getting? I just love mine!! They both have different personalities and they are a lot of fun to watch! I will be looking for your pictures!! I cant wait to see them! :)


SANDRA_MEISSNEST said:
look what i just found... super cute
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CG0202ocjkE

How adorable!! I just loved that video!! :)



Im getting 2 females and 1 male adults


Im so scared that they will escape.. i had a russian he escaped.
i dont know because i have no mesh underneath.. and i use the lattice fencing.
oh i hope i will be alright...
 

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Hopefully it will be fine. I know mine looked and looked for a way to escape and then they gave up!! :)
 

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Don't make it too deep. They can get exhausted and drown if they can't get out easily.
 

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Luvpets what did you put underneath did you do anything or did they just looked and then they gave up....
I will make it like 4 inches deep

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They got on their hind leggs and stretched to see if they could reach the top....it was funny! They walked all around the sides and checked eveything out. They did this for weeks until they stopped. Mine do not seem to ever dig beside the wood so I am greatful for that. I do not have anything under mine. I just made sure the wood is in the ground deep in case they decide to start digging :)
 

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can you post a picture of your enclosure and your cute little boxies

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I would just make a soaking pond . No need to let them swim . I would make sure they could walk around and not float . They swim across rivers and ponds in the wild but why risk your tortoise drowning.

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SANDRA_MEISSNEST said:
can you post a picture of your enclosure and your cute little boxies

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Ofcourse!! :)
Here are my boxies!! I need to get a pic of the enclosure. I will send it soon :)
 

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