captive box turtles in the great outdoors

Barber25

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Barber25, if you adapt the device to your buddy, you will take out all the fun of trying to find them!

I live now, about 3 miles from where I grew up. My only issue with keeping them outside over the years is that now, with loss of habitat, seems like we have a lot more predators in neighborhoods than we used to when the animals had room to prowl away from people. I kept a bunch of large wild-caught adults outside a few years ago till they began disappearing one at a time. I released the rest.....rather than me keeping them becoming their death sentence. I assumed it was a racoon. Since then, I've dabbled with NV tech and bought a Russian surplus NV (night vision) scope and monocular.....it's pretty amazing the selection of creatures...deer of course, racoons, possums, grey and red fox and believe it or not coyotes...not 12 miles from Baltimore.

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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 brush piles? would they stay around? they are just so elusive, I dont think you would ever know they are around. I would love to know they are out and about, and thriving on my property. regarding predators, my trail cam lets me know there are some very well fed raccoons that resemble small bears, some very robust coyotes with the most luxurious pelts I have ever seen, tons of opossums, and a massive bald eagle that showed up to feast on a deer carcass. Oh, I even saw what I think was a bobcat, and foxes too. Wouldnt box turtles have better defenses against most predators? (being able to close up entirely in the shell) I chose to get a box turtle because I found them in my yard in NJ in my youth, and I wanted something that would be native to my locale--would basically limit me to Box turtles and wood turtles? It seems "tortoises" outnumber box turtles as "pets" on this forum about 30 to one. Am I correct in assuming the tortoises are more active and visible than the box turtles?
 

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The Bluetooth enabled tracking chips are small and only connect when a BT signal is close. With an overlay map, you could make a cool project out of it!

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Barber25

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The Bluetooth enabled tracking chips are small and only connect when a BT signal is close. With an overlay map, you could make a cool project out of it!

jeff
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?
 

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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?
OMG I would immediately overlay a piece of plexiglass with the Pac-Man maze drawn on it!
 

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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 after rereading the suggestions to pile up everything, and even use a tarp, I would guess those arent real concerns. I hope I wasnt too early creating these piles, but we've dipped down below 30 a few times, so I think my timing was alright.
 
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