The pen is about 5 x 10 feet, built up against the SE side of my house where it gets morning sun for about 4-5 hrs. The house foundation and HVAC unit form two of the walls. The other two walls are about 2' high, built of 6 x 8 landscape timbers. I cut some wire refrigerator shelves in half the long way perpendicular to the wires (not easy) and pounded them into the ground to make a barrier against burrowing, then built up the timber walls on top. The pen is divided with a sheet of aluminum flashing so the male has his own side, and the two females and juvies are on the other. He's 11 yrs old and a terror; only allowed with the girls when supervised. (The old mom, probably 30-ish is his mother). Their hibernating pit is a hole about 20" deep and 20" diam that I fill with a mix of sawdust and leaves. I need to dig it out and cut away tree roots every fall before the turtles go down for the winter. Babies I keep indoors in winter (with UV reptile bulb) the first 2 or 3 winters before I leave them out to hibernate. I rarely ever see where the eggs are laid; I just find hatchlings about Sep-Oct. Some hatchlings are tricky to get them started eating. Tiny slugs seem to be the best first food for finicky hatchlings.
Last edited by gerald; 10-17-2011 at 12:19 PM.