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"I have one western box turtle as well as 6 adult easterns, 4 cross breeds western/eastern that I hatched as well as 2 russian tortoises. I find that the western is very sensitive to the climate on the east coast. He hibernates all winter with the other turtles. This is the first year that I did not have to bring him to the vet for a vitamin A shot. He is now in his 6th year. I have had him since he is a hatchling. To say that a western box turtle will not bite is not correct. I'm not sure if its because he relates fingers to food or he is defending himself but he will lunge at any fingers or toes in his general area. You have to be careful when feeding him because even though he is small still his bite is painful. I can foresee him breaking the skin maybe this year! I find that the western and the crossbreeds will eat more fruit and veggies than the easterns which seem to eat mostly a carnivorus diet with few fruit and veggies. The most favorite food for all the box turtles is garden snails. They really love them and they eat the shells too which I would guess is a great source of calcium for them. Box turtles are great pets if you can keep them outdoors at least in the summer. They become anorexic if they are not happy with their surroundings"
"Theresa"

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