I HAVE A VERY SMALL SNAPPING TURTLE. IT SEEMS ITS TRYING TO BURY IT SELF
AND NOT DOING ANYTHING. WHAT SHOULD I DO? IS IT TRYING TO HIDERNATE? CAN
I GET A HOT
ROCK LIKE I DO FOR A SNAKE? SHOULD I FEED IT? HOW DO I CLEAN ITS TANK
WITHOUT DISTURBING IT?
Animals that hibernate respond to length of daylight hours as much or more
than temperature, so yes, it probably is trying to hibernate. A hot rock is
probably not a good idea. It may not be very hungry now, since it is
naturally very sluggish in winter, but you should still offer it food,
turtle food from a pet store is fine. When my son kept a small snapping
turtle we kept it in an aquarium with all water, since they are aquatic, but
with a rock that it could get up on when it wanted to get out of the water.
Just take the turtle out and put it in a bucket or something else while you
clean the tank, then put it back.
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Update: June 2012