Habitat - Indoor :: turtle won't dock - at all??

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Post Posted: Mon May 15, 2017 3:49 pm   turtle won't dock - at all??

I've had my RES for almost six years now. When he was young, instead of a basking dock, I used big stones and pebbles - the kind you get at a pet store to make an area for him above water. Now, as he outgrew his first tank, it seems like he has outgrown his basking habits too. No matter how many times I put a basking dock, he will splash around and run away from it. I recently made a diy basking dock (photo below) and placed it on a stand but he splashed around, nibbled at the edges until he knocked it down. He likes to have water just enough to submerge his head. Even when he sleeps, he sleeps underwater only. He won't come near any of the basking areas I get or make (almost like if he's afraid) and if I put him on the dock then he sprints down into the water and doesn't return. Is there anything I can do to change this? All suggestions are welcome
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Post Posted: Mon May 15, 2017 9:10 pm   Re: turtle won't dock - at all??

I think you need a different type of basking area, one that should be much more accessible. Do you have a side view? How big is the tank?
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