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My name is ***** ***** I have been a Vet tech for 30+ years with special interest in Reptiles and Reptile rescue. I need to ask some questions to best be able to assist you.
Can you tell me where the turtle is house?
If inside do you have a UVB light, age of bulb, linear tube or compact coil, strength?
Have the temperatures gotten cooler where you live?
Has the turtle slowed down eating?
She need the UVB light and calcium to prevent Metabolic Bone Diesease : http://exoticpets.about.com/cs/reptilesgeneral/a/metabolicbd.htm Metabolic Bone Disease is what weakens the shell and bones and can attack the organs in the body. I suggest a Reptisun 10.0 linear tube which is the best light. She also need a basking bulb to create a basking spot. The Calcium works with the UVB light to metabolize into D3.
I suspect the reason for not eating is that the turtle is preparing to go into hibernation. In order to prepare a turtle will stop eating and then soak to be ready for the long winter sleep. During the time in hibernation the turtle will not eat or drink until it awakens. This is some information on Hibernation: http://www.boxturtles.com/hibernating-box-turtles/
The hibernation is the only reason I can think of for the constant soaking. Animal know how to prepare their bodies, so this is why I am assuming the soaks are happening.