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Posted by bloomindaedalus on May 05, 2003 at 21:21:53:
In Reply to: swimming 23.9/7 posted by turtleyman on May 05, 2003 at 16:10:38:
well there seem to be a few things that govern basking in captivity
one is comfort and the feeling of safety and security.
If the turtles are new (to the world, as in , they are hacthlings) or to you (as in, you haven't had them long or recentely moved them to a new cage) they maybe shy and wary and not bask much when you are around. This usually chages over aperiod of months
If they are in a high traffic area of the house (trafic can be people walking, other pets moving about or movement outside visible through a window) sometimes they stay freaked out longer. This to may abate (their fear that is) but some turtles need to be moved to more quiet areas to feel more relaxed.
The second thing is temperature. In the wild they bask to regulate body temperature int eh higher direction. But if you keep them in warm water (depends on species of course) they may bask less simply becuase they are never too cold. Also the basking spot may be actually too hot and the turtles may stay near it or half on it but never get to close. the solution here is a n accurate thermometer in the water and in the air above the basking spot (get one of those digital ones with moveable probe places likeRadio Shack have them for about 20 dollars totally worth it if you have several turtles).
Thirdly some individuals of a given species are just more anxious. I have several sliders and one is still afraid of people after years of being in a nearly identical environment and along with cagemates who seem as happy and fearless and puppies. So maybe you have fraidy-turtles.
My bet though is thatits the temps. Check them and see