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Posted by NOLA on April 08, 2003 at 15:21:10:
In Reply to: Re: Southern Painted...can they say in a pond year round?? posted by nathana on April 08, 2003 at 14:05:18:
:good rule of thumb for ponds and aquatics:
:1) if the species is native to your climate zone, you likely can hibernate it outside
:2) if it needs a pond to hibernate, contact local koi pond keepers. They can tell you how they make their ponds suitable for winter (depth, substrates, heaters, bubblers, etc.)
:A pond suitable for overwintering koi will meet the turtle's requirements in the right climate. Turtles will benefit from the addition of a substrate to bury in, or containers like pot halfs to hide in while they sleep.
I dont know that the maps and the southerns come from New Orleans but I am thinking the maps are mississippi maps so that is kinda close and the southern painted I am not sure where they come from. So it is possible that they can hybernate in the pond....what is that like...they stay under all winter and sleep...or they still come up from time to time for air?? I ask because I have never kept turtles outside before...just in tanks in a house.
Any more info would be very very helpful!