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Old 11-04-2017, 04:41 PM
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Default New Reeves Turtles acclimatisation

I have finally fulfilled my childhood dream and rehomed a couple of Reeves turtles yesterday. They are just over two years old (one male, one female).
While I have a tank inside, with a heater, I would like to acclimatise them to a small outdoor pond. I have the area all set up, slightly raised, around 6ft by 4ft, with a round, water-filled plastic sandpit in the centre, basking and sloping rocks, and land areas to either side. It's in the sunniest spot in the garden, but has plenty of hiding spaces if needed. At the moment it also has a clear plastic roof over half the area to help create a warmer area to the back.

Do you think it would be ok to keep the little guys, who have so far lived in a boring, but heated inside tank until I collected them yesterday, outdoors straight away during the day (I'm concerned nights might be too cold yet), or would it be better to acclimatise them slower than that? Is it wise to keep the indoor tank heated, or does this expose them to too much temperature fluctuation?

I also realise that in hotter weather, water in the plastic pond may get too warm and will happily exchange it for a deeper, or larger pond liner.

Thank you so much for any helpful input.
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Old 15-05-2017, 03:53 PM
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Well done!!! and very good plan about your setup.
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Old 17-05-2017, 03:50 PM
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For their first summer outside I would wait another few weeks- it was only last week temps got down to frost levels overnight.
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Old 19-05-2017, 11:55 AM
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Yes, it's always safer to change condition gently and keep an eye on their potential reaction to the change.
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