Help me give my temporary visitor a good place to stay.
October 16, 2009 6:48 PM Subscribe
Help me house a box turtle temporarily!
posted by corey flood to Pets & Animals (16 answers total)
Two days ago I spotted what turns out to be a box turtle strolling down the sidewalk near my house. I picked it up, put it in a cardboard box, and started asking neighbors if they had lost a turtle. No luck.
I am putting up "found" posters tomorrow, but until the turtle's family claims it, I'd like to keep it happy and well. At the moment it's living in a cardboard box, which seems like a terrible place to keep an animal.
I'm getting conflicting advice from the sources I've contacted. The guy at the reptile shop suggested building a temporary pen out of chicken wire in the backyard. The guy from the turtle rescue group says that the turtle will try to escape from a pen. For whatever reason, Mr. Rescue Group is unable or unwilling to answer my question of what to do in the meantime.
Have you kept a turtle in a pen? Did it try to dig its way out? I'd hate for someone to come to claim the turtle only to find that it had gotten out. At the same time, a pen sounds like a much nicer place for it to stay than some kind of half-assed cage. I'm trying not to spend a lot of money.