Eastern Box Turtle is a land turtle. Box turtles are slow crawlers, slow to mature and extremely long lived. They are largely terrestrial and only have a few offspring per year. All box turtles have a high, dome-like carapace and a hinged plastron that allows total shell closure. This turtle can live over 100 years in captivity while shorter lives in the wild due to disease, predation and also human.
Eastern Box Turtle can be found in Eastern United States. From Michigan down to Georgia and north in Maine. They are prefer deciduous or mixed forested regions with moderately moist forest floor. They can also be found in open grasslands, pastures or in moist ground. During hot periods, they may submerge in mud for days at a time.
Some of these breed tend to stroll around human properties and thus getting kill in the process. They either get hit by cars or agricultural machinery. They are very not safe to mankind and maybe best to just stay in the forest.
Eastern Box Turtle need a 20-gallon tank at best. Fill the tank with a little amount of water to create a shallow pool and provide hiding spots or loos litter for burrowing. If you want to keep them outdoors, you may need t create an outdoor pen complete with shaded areas and meet the basic requirement for a turtle (UV lighting and heat). Ensure that all plants are pesticide-free and chemical-free to ensure their health condition are protected.
Eastern Box Turtle need a sunny are where it can bask between 85 to 88 degress Fahrenheit (29 to 31 degrees Celsius) as well as shaded area at 75 Fahrenheit (24 degrees Celsius). Be sure that the tank or pen’s temperature is not drop below 70 Fahrenheit (21 degree Celsius). Next, your turtle need lighting. Buy a UVB-emiting reptile light which should be working for about 10 to 12 hours straight per day. The UVB light need to be changed every half a year as they UV output decrease over time.
Eastern Box Turtle is very attractive to look at and often kept as a pet. It is best to check if it is a captive-bred turtle before introduced into your family. You should not remove an Eastern Box Turtle from its wild habitat, as it likely will not do well in captivity. These turtles are not the best choice for beginner turtle owners because they do require quite a bit to keep them happy and healthy. However, if you buy a captive-bred turtles, they are generally more shy than aggressive until they’re comfortable in their environment. Be gentle with them, and they will learn to trust you in time and even enjoying your company.
Furthermore, if you willing to get more than one Eastern Box Turtle, it is best to not put more than one male together because dominant males will fight. Females should not be introduced unless you plan on breeding them. Males and females do look the same, however the males have a brighter red eye color while females will feature yellow-brown eyes.
- Length: 5 to 7 inches
- Type: Land turtle
- Color: Brownish or Black featuring Yellowish or Orangish radiating pattern of lines, spot or blotches. Skin coloration same as shell.
Eastern Box Turtle often carry salmonella and other pathogens that can spread to humans. Wash your hands after handling them is a must. It is best to look for a turtle at a reputable breeder or rescue group that can give you details on the animal history and health. There are other symptoms that you need to watch out to keep them in good condition. Such as:
- Gastrointestinal parasites: Poor appetite and abnormal feces
- Respiratory infections: Habitat too cold
- Shell rot or Ulcers: Unsanitary habitat or Improper diet
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