Animal Stories - Eastern Box Turtle

Animal-World Information about: Eastern Box Turtle

   The Eastern Box Turtle, a small to medium sized turtle, is about the most brightly colored of all box turtles!
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Jessica Turtles - 2010-08-27
That would be the turtle I have- I currently own two box turtles, Scout/female/5yrs. & Percy/male/8yrs. They LOVE to eat grubs, worms, centipedes a roly-polies. Advice: If you are new at turtle owning, I suggest you read this page thoroughly and go to your local vet for help- maybe even go to your pet store. Some turtles that have a new environment are often uncomfortable and will refuse to eat. Try to get a tank, some nice terrain, a pool, a food dish, and a plant potter/ and or hollow thing that is big enough for a turtle. When filling up your tank, my turtles like water but mainly live on land, so the pool is great for turtles like mine and possibly yours. Make sure when you are pouring your dirt to pile it up in one area (turtles like to burrow). Put your hideout(your plant holder and or hollow thing) on the dirt or wood< whatever your using as terrain, then put your pool and your food dish. Try to put a variety of things in your turtles food dish like: cantaloupe, lettuce, carrots, apples, worms, grubs, roly-polys, centipedes, caterpillars, and turtle food you buy. Do not kill the bugs, or chop the lettuce or carrots, but do chop the apples into slices. Because, turtles will not eat the food because it is not how they would find it in the wild. Take your turtles outside also, keep a good eye on them, they can be fast( no sarcasm intended) your turtles or turtle will enjoy the sunlight and fresh air. Try not to linger on the turtle, for it will be scared and feel unsafe and wont go play. But do keep a good eye on them. Turtles are great friends, but need special care, so do not leave your turtle or turtles in the sun too long, and do NOT take your turtle out in freezing temperatures, keep them in their tank and a heat lamp hovering over the tank. That's my advice :)

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  • peggysue rivers - 2016-02-12
    Thank you so much. You told me everything I needed to know ! Found a turtle mother had been hit by a car.Brought it home and realized I don't know anything about taking care of a turtle.Tried to get him to eat but he wont.thanks again !
Merida DunBroch - 2016-01-31
I had a turtle named Sunny. He was healthy, but he wouldn't eat. I didn't want him to starve so we set him free. I don't know where Sunny is or if he's alive or not. I hope he's alright. He may have been upset because we took him from the wild and forced him into a life of captivity.

Turtle Owner 14 - 2012-04-24
Hey look I had over 50 three toe eastern gulf coast and Mexican box turtles. Now I got one. He lives inside. I had him for 14 years and he is from Mississippi along with the rest of them so we from Mississippi get them all the time.

jashaun mcneil - 2010-07-13
Do eastern box turtles live in salt water?

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  • Matt H - 2010-09-17
    no an eastern box turtle is a land animal.
  • Anonymous - 2010-10-24
  • Cassiopeia - 2011-07-21
    Definitely no. They do like fresh water and a good log, best place for soaking in the sunshine!
jeremy thurman - 2010-05-02
I have an eastern box turtle that is 10 1/4" wide. I was just wondering what the biggest one on record is.

Christopher - 2007-06-16
I named my turtle Boxy yea!!!