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 Restless Box Turtle

Help! I’ve got an Eastern Box which I’ve had for at least 3 years. The past week, he has been on the move, pacing back and forth, restless! He has trampled down all of the moss he usually sleeps under. He generally wakes up to eat but lately he’s up all day long, on the move. Eats normally, drinks normally. What’s up with this guy???



12/07/09  09:51pm

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Mike_Ornata
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  Message To: Ambassadorhawg   In reference to Message Id: 2102447


 Restless Box Turtle

Are you sure its not a gravid female? Sounds like nesting behaviour to me.



12/08/09  06:27am

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Ambassadorhawg
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  Message To: Mike_Ornata   In reference to Message Id: 2102525


 Restless Box Turtle

It’s been in my posession for about three years w/o contact to other turtles. Plus, it’s freezing cold around my area lately. I do not cool him off, I keep him warm and awake all year long.



12/08/09  10:13pm

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  Message To: Ambassadorhawg   In reference to Message Id: 2102834


 Restless Box Turtle

If it is a female it can hold its eggs for a long time yrs.



12/09/09  08:05pm

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Mike_Ornata
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  Message To: Leoman911   In reference to Message Id: 2103134


 Restless Box Turtle

Technically it doesnt "hold" the eggs. Females have the ability to lay fertile eggs up to six years after one successful mating.



12/10/09  06:34am

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  Message To: Mike_Ornata   In reference to Message Id: 2103276


 Restless Box Turtle

from what you said about it getting cold I would say the trouble is Hibernation. eastern box turtles hibernate by nature. weather you keep them warm and allow them to do so or not there body will still try to hibernate. However not allowing your turtle to do so could cause very big long term problems and even shorten the turtles lifespan by several decades. Generally I dont hibernate my hatchlings. I give them a good start and keep them away and active there first winter but when they start getting restless and going off feed the following winter i set them up to hibernate, they are much healthier and happy this way. so weather that is the case or not you should start doing so. if its a gravid female then I would say shes nesting. you need to give her an area to lay her eggs or she could get eggbound which can be fatal. If she was an adult when you got her or if you caught her from the wild as an adult she could have been with a male. A female ebt can store sperm for up to 5 year. so its very possible you have gravid female on your hands. Concave plastron, long tail, you have a male. short stubby tail and flat pastron you have a female. in case you didnt know



04/03/10  10:57am


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