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Posted by Maxx MacLeod on April 11, 2003 at 19:56:31:

In Reply to: Blanding Care - Ouside posted by NewTurtleGuy on April 10, 2003 at 16:40:52:

Eric-- I agree with everything Nathan said--ditto. I just want to add that you can get turtles like Blandings to breed in a really small area and even an indoor stock tank if they're in their habitat long enough to think of it as "home". I do it every year so I know you don't NEED anything huge or intricate. But...I think the turtles would be "happier", if there is such a thing, in a large, naturalistic environment. And if you're going to all the trouble of building an outdoor enclosure, a large area has the added benefit of being easier to maintain (it's easier to keep the water clean with a large volume), nicer for the turtles, and you have plenty of room if you ever want to add animals or hold back hatchlings as future breeders. Land area...you don't need much. You could probably get away with a 4 foot square area for egg laying and basking. But again, my above point, the turtles would probably appreciate more room. Finally, they don't climb well at all. If I was building one, I'd make the walls 2 feet tall or so. You could proably get away with 1 foot if you built a lip or angled the wall inwards. The adults can reach 11 inches and they're heavy with domed shells...too bulky to climb well. I hope that helps. Good luck, they're cool turtles! --Maxx


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