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Posted by nategodin on April 01, 2003 at 22:19:37:
I've decided to get an eastern box turtle this spring, and I'm setting up an indoor enclosure. (I'll be setting up an outdoor enclosure later this summer.) I went down to Home Depot and got a 45 gallon Rubbermaid container, 40 lbs. of top soil, a clay pot and saucer, a fern and some strawberry plants. I mixed the top soil with some of the bark substrate that I use for my snakes, and added some moss as a top layer to keep things moist. I knocked a large chunk out of the side of the clay pot and filed down the edges, and put some extra moss in there, for a hiding spot. The saucer is obviously a water dish/pool, and the slab of slate on the right will be the feeding/basking area, I plan to mount an incandescent light above it for heat and UVB.
A couple questions... first, any reccommendations as to what size (wattage) light bulb would be appropriate for this size enclosure? The slate basking area is about 12" down from the top of the container. How about the plants? Do they stand a chance, or will they just be trampled/eaten? Is there anything else that I've forgotten?