Box turtles are land animals from the forests and plains of eastern,
southern and central United States. Common species include Eastern,
the Three-Toe, the Gulf Coast, and the Ornate.
Rather small, ranging from 4 to 7 inches, they need a wetter environment than a tortoise. They like to soak in water, but typically do not swim.
Keep a box turtle outdoors, at least during the warmest part of the day.
They must have access to direct sunlight but also provide grass and bushes
for hiding. Enclosures must keep them secure from predators, most
common are dogs and racoons.
Boxes are generally hardy animals that can thrive in captivity when properly cared for. They are very long-lived animals and can live to 50 years.
Box turtles often have distinctive
personalities and can learn to respond to their keepers.
Box Turtles eat protein, bugs, worms, snails, slugs, as well as fruit and vegetables. Provide ample water for drinking and bathing at all times. They may hibernate in winter, depending on the climate.