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Posted by honuman on May 05, 2003 at 18:12:25:
In Reply to: Not sure what to get. posted by Pogo on May 05, 2003 at 13:23:26:
:Hello. I need help picking out which turtle/tortoise to keep in my backyard but I'm not sure what to look for. I live in south florida so the tempature is between 90 and 59 F. The area I'm looking to keep it is 40'x20' (gate can be opened for more room) with a 5'pond. There are a lot of stray cats in the area so it needs to be big enough to defend itself. I would like it to be simi aquatic as well too. So for I'm looking into the red footed tortiose but still not sure. I've a few different reptiles over the years but only one turtle (and it was a box turtle). If anyone can suggest some species that would enjoy these conditions plese let me know.
A Redfoot is a good choice except that they are NOT semi aquatic. You would have to not allow him access to the pond if it is too deep for him to stand in and rather provide him with a shallow pan to soak in (they do like to soak a bit in water but very shallow only). They like humidity and would do well if you provide them with adequate shady hiding areas. Also -- most turtles will find themselves at the mercy of our predatory animals. My redfoot spends all day outside in the warmer months and then she is brought in at night and sleeps in a large plastic tub. As soon as daylight comes again she is put back out in her enclosure.