Habitat - Outdoor :: Can a RES live outside in IL??

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Post Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 1:08 pm   Can a RES live outside in IL??

Hi I just received a res from someone taking horrible care of her. She is in desperate need of a larger tank, but I can't afford one. My next solution is making a pond for her. I was already going to make a pond, but I don't know if she would be okay all year long in a pond. I live in Sterling, IL and we have harsh winters, would she be okay? I don't think she can swim because I filled the bath tub up with luke warm water and put her in it and she tried but she couldn't figure out how to get to the surface. What should I do?
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Post Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 3:44 pm   Re: Can a RES live outside in IL??

I wouldn't advise it. How big is the turtle? You will need to have some money to have her thrive and there are a lot of ways to get things done on a budget. Did she have water in her tank before?
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Post Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 6:09 pm   Re: Can a RES live outside in IL??

No not enough to swim it barely covered her shell. She can't even swim
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Post Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2015 11:24 am   Re: Can a RES live outside in IL??

Does she have any physical problems? With RES who are not experienced swimmers, you usually just need to gradually increase water levels.
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