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Razor backed musk turtle activity...

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  1. Moozillion

    Moozillion Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    I thought razor backed musk turtles were active during the DAY and slept at NIGHT, but Nelson is basically the opposite: he sleeps all day and goes crazy after dark!

    Anybody else notice this behavior in razor backed musk turtles? He's just over 6 months old.

    Thanks!
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    So why are you sitting staring at your turtle all night? LOL!!! Just kidding.
    This is interesting and I would also like to know if any turtles are active at night - seeing that they need UV light and that is sunlight!!??
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    That's funny! I wonder if Nelson is somehow picking up on how HOT it can be outdoors this time of year. Before it rains, anyway.

    For whatever it's worth, Bold and Pinstripe have been snoozing (or at least lying low) during the middle of the day, lately, too.
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    In nature, the types of turtles that don't bask as much tend to have diets that are usually higher in protein (animal matter). They typically get the D3 they need from their diets.
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    My Razorbacks are most active in the evening in my pond. When I throw food in in the morning, I rarely see them. But in the evening when we feed everyone and sit with our glass of wine, the razorbacks come out and patrol along the windows of the pond looking for their food. They do seem most active in the evening and into the night. I'll see them walking all over the bottom until quite late. IN the daytime, they stay in their favorite hides.
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    Markw84 Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    I was thinking about this post, and, Last night as we were sitting by the pond enjoying the 77° evening at 11PM...

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    I wanted to check for my razorbacks and see what they were up to. I saw my male and one of the females back behind my seat when I got up to check. Some nighttime activity for sure!

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    Thanks- good to know! :)
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    Oh, MY!!!!! Your place is a little slice of HEAVEN!!!!!:):<3::<3::<3:
    And...erm...yes: "activity" for sure! Babies coming later!!!! :D
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    Its really hard for me to catch them nesting. They are very cryptic nesters and seem to do that at night as well. I find babies in the fall - so I know they are nesting!
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    Some night time hanky panky going on there for sure!
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