My Spotted Turtle

Freddy90

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Location (City and/or State)
Austria
Thats super cool. Hows the filtration? Do you have to change a prefilter pretty often? It seems like you've got a great naturalistic environment there.

Thank u!
I dont use filtration currently besides the natural bacteria. If he gets bigger I will ad a filter. I do a 100% water change ones a week. I would probably get away with 2 week water changes cause there are a lot of surface plants and underwater plants.
This setup was done a few months prior to getting the turtle which is important so the beneficial bacteria has time to grow.
:)
 

Freddy90

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Location (City and/or State)
Austria
Getting cold and nature helped me to naturally lower the temps. I put Petrie in the fridge for safe hibernation at 4°C.
Hes doing good so far. I will check his weight every two weeks. Opening the fridge every 4 days for a short time just to make sure everything looks ok and a little air gets exchanged.
He will be in hibernation till March.

28.10.2020: 17 grams
 

Freddy90

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Location (City and/or State)
Austria
17 gms! He seems so tiny to hibernate! I'd be petrified!

I was to at the beginning of my research but they also do it in nature without any help and im providing stable temperatures so there's no possible danger of freezing and no danger of predators. These two things seem to be the highest problem for turtles during hibernation.

I'm 100% sure that he will be alright. :)

I only hibernate him because I know that his parents are from canada. Now if I wouldn't know the locality they are from I wouldn't risk it.
 

Freddy90

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Location (City and/or State)
Austria
Little text update not much to say and see. He has not lost weight so far. Hes inactive but responds to the touch of his feet.

12 januar: 17 grams

I post the Next update in March when he is finished with his winter sleep and again in his outside tub. :)
 

Richardonesia

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Location (City and/or State)
JAKARTA UTARA
Little text update not much to say and see. He has not lost weight so far. Hes inactive but responds to the touch of his feet.

12 januar: 17 grams

I post the Next update in March when he is finished with his winter sleep and again in his outside tub. :)

Wow, I really liked your post. I'm curious of how is Petrie doing, pls tag me on your next update !
 

Freddy90

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Location (City and/or State)
Austria
Finally the temperatures are rising :)
Petrie is awake and well. After a litte over 4 months in the fridge hes now back in his outside tub. Maybe u can spot him :)
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jeff kushner

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Location (City and/or State)
North of Annapolis
Spot him? I'm lucky to find the bathroom in the middle of the night.......lol

He's a really cool looking turtle and very healthy appearing too!

If I were hunting turtles, I'd swoop in on him @ right/center bottom....

Great habitat.....you've got a really nice balance. What temp is the water?

jeff
 

Freddy90

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Location (City and/or State)
Austria
Spot him? I'm lucky to find the bathroom in the middle of the night.......lol

He's a really cool looking turtle and very healthy appearing too!

If I were hunting turtles, I'd swoop in on him @ right/center bottom....

Great habitat.....you've got a really nice balance. What temp is the water?

jeff

Water temperature was 14°c i Think thats 57 f ?
Today water temperature is 16°c
And 24°c in the sun :)
Nights drop down to 10°c
 
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