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Old 04-12-2013, 07:44 PM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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seems like a silly question i know...
but im haf serious.

i keep my rabbits in large pens, each pen is fenced with 2x4 welded wire floor and "walls" floor is wired to the walls so nothing can dig in or out or push under the fence...
the walls also have 1ft of 1/2 x 1/2" hardwae ground to 1ft high.
then around the top of the pen is a line of electric fencing.

i whent out to feed my bunnies and do bedtime check yesterday evening and there IN the pen trying unsucessfuly to force her way back out through the 2x4 welded was a beautiful mature female box turtle! she was much to big to get THROUgh the fence...
i have a hard time beliving she scaled a 4ft tall fence and squeezed under the electric fence wire...i know they CAN climb...but...
and theres no way to get into the pen from ground level...

i was home all day ad the dogs dint freek so i know she wasnt dropped off by some neighbor...

i looked online and the only natural predators listed were gorund predators lke foxes...

so...HOW did she get in there!?!
im wondering if a bird of prey like a hawk tried to haul her off and droped her?

i took her out of the pen and placed her in a covered spot neerby, i know shell do everything her power to get home so im RELY hoping she hasnt been carried too far away from home...
but seriously...NOT what i was expecgint to ind in my buny pens lol
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Old 04-13-2013, 03:51 PM
 
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[quote=foxywench;29101148]i know they CAN climb...but...
and theres no way to get into the pen from ground level.../QUOTE]

How about underground? Box turtles are excellent diggers and very well could have gone under your fencing.
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Old 04-13-2013, 10:29 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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You do know birds pick them up and drop them to break the shells..... Sea turtles can fly. LOL
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Old 04-14-2013, 06:56 PM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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ovcatto, no no way in from underneath, the pen has a 2x4welded wire FLoor thats wired to the 2x4 welded wire walls, its essentially one giant roofless cage.

im thinkining it must have been a hawk only bird large enough to get any good life with a ull sized bo...it just didnt come up in any of my earchs that birds of prey do that...(i know seaguls do to crabs and small shore turtles ect)
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Old 04-14-2013, 07:55 PM
 
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I have two red ear turtles that I have had for five years now, one is maybe five inches in diameter, the other one is the size of a dinner plate, and the bigger one is heavy. I don't think a bird could carry him at all, maybe I am underestimating some birds though.

Aww I really do hope she is ok.
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Old 04-15-2013, 06:44 AM
 
Location: NC
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It sounds like a friend of yours is playing a trick on you.
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Way South of the Volvo Line
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Katie is right. Certain birds of prey that frequent the water will pick up and drop turtles. Usually they come back for them...your pen must have been a deterrent.
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