Being Brave with Bruce: Hay Is for Hibernating

Being a box turtle means you have a cozy home ready and waiting anytime you are in the mood for some you-time. When it is warm out, you might feel like staying out late, making hay while the sun shines, so to speak. But when temperatures cool down and the days grow short, you areContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Hay Is for Hibernating”

Box Turtle Takes a Hay Ride

Getting ready for hibernation can be intense….even grueling. But there is no reason it can’t be fun too! For example, let’s say your large shell-less brumation assistant brings home some particularly groovy new hibernation material. From the start you know you are going to like it – as it turns out, hay’s natural coloration setsContinue reading “Box Turtle Takes a Hay Ride”

Day 306: Weatherproofing the Box Turtle Hibernation Habitat

After verifying your newly constructed, cutting-edge box turtle hibernation hay tunnel is a perfect fit, it is time to pull the trigger and start snoozing. So you crawl inside your hay tunnel and commence to napping. This, in turn, alerts your doting large shell-less assistant to insulate and weatherproof your habitat itself (if you’ve everContinue reading “Day 306: Weatherproofing the Box Turtle Hibernation Habitat”

Day 300: Box Turtle Brumation Hay Tunnel

Every species hibernates in their own way. Heck, even every being within every species has their own special way they like to brumate. No matter how experienced you are, every new hibernation season can be nerve-wracking – after all, you are about to dial down your metabolism and you want to be sure your sleepingContinue reading “Day 300: Box Turtle Brumation Hay Tunnel”

Day 66: A Box Turtle Wakes Up!

The large shell-less being here…. Bruce technically woke up from a whopping FIVE MONTHS of hibernation on March 10. But when, less than a week after waking up, another cold front swept the north (and thus the south) portions of our great continent, a certain tropical box turtle was having none of it. He wentContinue reading “Day 66: A Box Turtle Wakes Up!”

Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Brumation Checks

This is Bruce’s third winter with our little flock. So this is also the third year he has brumated (hibernated) here in captivity. (I hate the word “captivity” by the way….but that is the reality of Bruce’s situation as a wild rescued box turtle who would have otherwise long ago become a road pancake. AndContinue reading “Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Brumation Checks”

Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Waking UP!

Guess who is awake!!!!!! Yup, after another long winter’s sleep, the box turtle member of the flock has finally decided to put in an appearance! Two flock members were fairly un-moved….but the large featherless flock member was over the moon to see her boy again! This is the second year Bruce has been with us,Continue reading “Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Waking UP!”

Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Timing Hibernation

In a previous post, we talked about hibernation, or brumation if it is a reptile like Bruce who is hibernating. Since then, Bruce and his mommy have fielded several questions about the timing of his annual hibernation. Most of the questions have focused on how we know (or how I know that Bruce knows) itContinue reading “Bruce Explains Box Turtles: Timing Hibernation”


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