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Average Rating Given To This Care Sheet Is 3.67    (1=lowest, 5=highest)    Last Updated: 10/12/2005

Main Category:

Aquatic/Land

Sub Category:

Turtles

 Care Sheet Submitted By:

Pinocchio

Years Experience:

3 to 5 Years

Species:

Three toed box turtle

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

Genus Terrapene

Care Sheet Information:

Three toed box turtles are the most common box turtles as pets. They live on southern USA. Their habitats are woodlands, wooded swamps, and grasslands.

To tell a male from a female is easy. The males have a red head, bright scales on the legs, long tails, and slightly concave plastron. Females have yellow-brown eyes, flat plastron, and a stubby tail.

The best sustrates to use are newpaper and tree bark. Bark is good because this species requires humidity. A shallow bowl of water is vital. It should be shallow, so they canít dip it over.

The temperature range should be 75F-85F. If kept indoors, use a UVB/UVA lamp, and an undertank heater in winter where the climates are cold.

The housing can be simple or complicated. If you want to keep it indoors, the minimum size of the tank would be a 20 gallon, but larger is better. You can keep it outdoor only if the weather permits it. The pen should be a 4ft long times 4 ft long.

These turtles are omnivores. They eat fruits, such as strawberries, apples, pears, berries, bananas, and watermelon. Favorite veggies are romaine lettuce, carrots, peas, green beans, and corn. Feed live food occacionally, such as crickets, grasshoppers, crawfish, toadlets, small fish, and earthworms.

You should only buy captive-bred turtles. Wild caught specimens will die in less than a year. Plus, it would be cruel for the wild caught turtle to live in these conditions. THESE TURTLES ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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