Eastern Box Turtle

Box Turtle

What are some facts about the Eastern Box Turtle?

The Eastern Box Turtle is native to the U.S. and can be found from Massachusetts to northern Florida, west to the Mississippi and north to the Great Lakes. They are 5-6 inches in length and can live 20-30 years or more. The Eastern Box Turtle is brightly colored and has a hinged bottom shell that allows it to close up completely. They can adapt to living in wooded swamps or dry grassy fields. In colder areas they will burrow in soil and hibernate during the winter. Sadly, when these turtles are removed from the wild their population declines. Best to find a turtle bred in captivity.

How do I care for and feed the Eastern Box Turtle?

You might want to provide a very large enclosure for the Turtle outdoors. Diet consists of insects, fruits, mushrooms (even those poisonous to humans), and a variety of vegetables. If you choose to keep your turtle indoors, it needs a very large area. Check with the breeder for heating requirements. In both instances, the Turtle needs a large pan filled with fresh water daily.