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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 11-14-2006, 08:53 AM Thread Starter
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Should I or Shouldn't I

My boyfriend and I have a baby Musk Turtle that we purchased almost a year ago to go in our tiny Koi pond in our backyard. We're wondering if we can go ahead and put her in the pond or if we should keep her in her aquarium until she gets bigger??

I live in Houston so we don't get much cold down here. I read that they don't really hibernate in the South, but I don't want to kill her. We had a couple of cold days and the temp in our pond was 67 degrees. That's probably the coldest it will get. She's about 1-1/2 inches and about 1 year old. Anyone happen to know if that's a good idea or not??

I'm scared:
1. She'll crawl out and dry out in our grass
2. It's too cold for her
3. She'll get stuck between some rocks or something
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 11-16-2006, 08:39 PM
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We put Oscar out in the summer but he is MUCH bigger than that. He is a Florida red belly. At least I think he is. I would be nervous too. Perhaps you could call a turtle vet in the area and ask them? Or call your local zoo. A docent at the Philadelphia zoo was very helpful to us when we tried to figure out what kind of turtle he was. He also helped with Oscars new inside tank set up.

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