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Anonymous asked in PetsReptiles · 1 decade ago

Why won't my turtle come out of his shell?

It's 8 degrees above 0 here in Ohio. My turtle hasn't come out in days.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Cause he wants to be a hero in a half shell

    TURTLE POWER

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  • 4 years ago

    turtles are insecure animals and need a place to hide otherwise they become unhealthy due to stress. its a common misconception that turtles are low maintenance pets. turtles require a day/night cycle. they require clear separation between dry land and water, because they are cold blooded creatures. they go in the water when they are hot and come out when they are cold. they require heat lamps to stay warm outside of the water. they require filtration to keep their water clean. in the wild this isnt a big problem but in a tank it is, their swimming water is also their drinking water. if you have a high volume tank, your water will need a heater to maintain temperature. and most importantly they require a cave or a log or something in the water to hide. preventing your turtle from hiding is extremely unhealthy for your pet. your turtle is only insecure because his environment is not suited for him. if you provide an adequate habitat for him he should be confident enough to stick his head out more often. you should NEVER glue ANYTHING to a living animal. also, wash your hands after handling your turtle, they are covered in salmonella.

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  • 1 decade ago

    it is too cold for your turtle and it has gone into a hibernation state, your turtle needs heat to regulate its body temp and move and eat with out it it will go into a sleep stasis until it is warm again, get a heat lamp and uv light if it is an aquatic turtle you need a water heater as well, with out it your turtle will not come out of its shell,

    Source(s): owned and loved herman and spur thighed for over 30 years
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  • 1 decade ago

    Low temperatures usually induce turtles into a state of hibernation.

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  • mimi
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    its cold and scared. buy it a heat lamp. if it is aquatic then a water heater and if its a land turtle buy a reptile heat mat. and quit poking at it! you are scareing it!

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  • 1 decade ago

    because he is freezing cold, and in hibernation mode.

    now if you had any idea how to care for your turtle ( i assume its a TORTOISE since you are keeping it outside) then you would understand that they will hibernate if it drops bellow 65F.

    Bring the poor turtle indoors, buy a 150 watt uvb/heat lamp at Petsmart

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    hibernation

    http://www.tortoisetrust.org/articles/safer.html

    http://www.anapsid.org/hibernation.html

    • Dawn3 years agoReport

      Veronika S is an idiot. What about this question leads one to assume he keeps his turtle outside?

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  • 1 decade ago

    It's too cold. You should get a heat lamp for him.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It sounds to cold.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Maybe he's cold and scared

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    he is cold and scared. you need to heat him up

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