Box turtle

The box turtle is a turtle native to North America. This species of turtle is easily recognized because of its large domed shaped shell. Box turtles have also become popular pets in the United States.

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Can box turtles eat grass?

yes they can.

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Can box turtles drink alcohol?

probably XD just don't give it to them, nothing good ever happened when u got a turtle drunk.

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How much space does a Eastern box turtle need to survive?

I have a wild eastern box turtle my cousins found in Georgia and they gave it to me. (i live in Florida) and it is about 13 to 16 years old and i am making a wooden turtle pen that's going to go in my back screened porch. Its about 6 feet in length and 3 feet 41 inches width. Right now i am keeping him in a 99 court storage box and he seems to like that to, even though such little space is not enough. The smallest space should be around 4' by 4' or 5' 4' somewhere around that sized. While there is no limit at how large the pen may be. (ID1182214512 and TG300 are both me) srry just wanted to point that out.

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Why do box turtles close one eye at a different time?

They close their eyes at different times so that predators can't attack them when they can't see.

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How do you tell male and female box turtles apart?

I have heard that it they have two bends on the belly of their shell it is a female and only one for a male. But whenever I heard that I would look at all the boxer turtles a saw and found that they all had one bend. Actually, I think that is true because I have both a male and female box turtle and the female has two bends and male has one. Anyway, also, the female will have way shorter claws then the male. There are alot more info on the internet buddy but i think the female is bigger????????

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What kind of meat do you feed box turtles?

dinosaur meat is what they like to but only dinosaur meat

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What do box turtles eat and drink?

I have a turtle named Sebastian, and we feed him these frozen squares of food from the pet store, Though somethimes after we eat dinner we put a pea like a green pea or two in hisa tank to nibble on. He likes it very much.

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Do box turtles have ears?

Yes, they are internal. There are small holes behind their eyes. They (turtles) also sense low frequencies throughout their bodies - they can 'sense' footsteps near them.

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Can a baby box turtle share a 5 gallon tank with a male betta fish?

No! The tank needs to be much much bigger, at least a twenty gallon. By the way, box turtles also require both land and water. I would also suggest not keeping them together, as the turtle may or may not try to eat the beta fish.

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How can you tell the sex of a red ear slider turtle?

The claws of the male are very long, they have a slightly concave plastron (belly-shell), have a long slim tail and are generallly smaller. Females have short claws, flat plastrons, a short stumpy tail and are generally bigger.

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How do you know if your box turtle is a boy or a girl?

If you look at the turtle's shell, the girls would have a rounder shell than the boys. Boys have more of an oval shaped shell. Also if you turn the turtle upside down the boy's shell will cave in the center and the girl's would be smooth. Also the boys tend to have thicker, longer tails while the girls do not. Girl box turtles also tend to have brown eyes. most boys have red eyes.

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What does a pregnant box turtle look like?

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How do you take care of a box turtle?

Click on the 'Box Turtle Care' link on this page to learn how to care for your box turtle.

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Can you paint a box turtle's shell without hurting it?

No it will kill them

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Red Eared Slider Turtle

Are red eared sliders compatible with eastern box turtles?

Hopefully you have a terrarium, because the box turtle is a land turtle, and the red eared slider is an aquatic turtle.

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Do box turtles like to have their shell scratched?

I'm sure it's due to preference of the turtle, but I've seen a few Youtube videos where a box turtle was thouroghly enjoying having his shell scratched with a smoothed off wooden pole!

To see this video on youtube go to the 'related links' section and click on the link.

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What is wrong if a red-ear slider turtle cannot open her eyes?

The most common problem in slider hatchlings are eye infections. These infections develop due to dirty water and lack of vitamin A. The treatment is easy: Change the water more often (get a filter if you can), add higher doses of vitamin A to her diet. Ask your pharmacist to prepare you a solution of 97% distilled water and 3% boric acid. Clean the turtles eyes with this solution twice a day. If the eyes are totally closed, try to open them so that the solution gets inside. Raise temperature at 85 degrees F. If the infection is severe take the turtle to a vet since she will need to be injected with vitamin A.

ALSO:

  • TAKE YOUR TURTLE TO THE VET
  • She may have ammonia burns
  • You should definitely have a filter
  • Do a 30-50% water change every few days, or at least a full water changes every week
  • It is ESSENTIAL you change the tank water frequently, as visible algae and invisible toxins can build up to harmful levels
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How fast do eastern box turtles crawl?

i say about 5 mph.

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Can eastern painted turtles breed with box turtles?


No, only the same breed of turtles can mate. Except sub breeds, like the Yellow Belly Slider and Red Eared Slider. And the Mud and Musk turtles.

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Can you put a bullfrog and a leopard box turtle in the same tank?

yes but they may try to mate if opposite genders

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Do box turtles eat crickets?

Yes, box turtles do eat crickets. I used to have one and we bought it crickets in the summer.

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Red Eared Slider Turtle

What do tortoises eat?

Depending on the type of tortoise, diet could range from vegetables and fruits to worms and crickets. Most tortoises are vegetarian, but all tortoises could use a little protein once a month. A good protein source is a little wet dog food or live food such as meal worms. A processed tortoise food is a great addition to meals. My tortoise appreciates Land Turtle and Tortoise Fortified Food by R-Zilla. This can be found a Petco. A meal should consist of various veggies such as lettuce or spinach (but spinach should be given in small amounts only). Fruits are great for them. Good choices are strawberries, blueberries, papaya, raspberries, etc. Feed once a day and always have fresh water available

The above is a recipe for disaster! First of all dog pellets cause deformities in herbivore tortoises! ALL the protein they need they get from leaves and some natural weeds! Lettuce an spinach are not suitable either and can cause major health problems. Fruits are a NO! They should only be eating plants and weeds that grow in your garden! Young tortoises will die in 4-5 years if given the diet above and older tortoises will live longer but with major health issues ! Don't ask a vet or an expert at a pet-shop, most people are misinformed and will give you the wrong advice by accident. NO meal worms. This only applies to herbivore tortoises though so make sure you know the difference !

EDIT: Never, ever, EVER feed an animal food that is NOT part of it's NATURAL diet ! Since WHEN did tortoises come across 'dog food' in the wild ? As a herpetologist of 25+ years, I would NEVER feed a tortoise on dog-food ! Even if it is '..an addition to meals...' !

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Is a box turtle a land turtle?

yes it is

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What does a female Box turtle look like?

Female box turtles have orange markings on the body. Males have yellow markings.

^^^ Incorrect. Females have shorter tails, brown eyes and no bright markings typically. Males have longer tails, usually red or orange eyes, and yellow, orange or red scales on their legs. The tail length is hard to tell. I always knew mine by their coloring. Females are dull compared to males.

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Jellyfish
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Are box jellyfish endangered?

There are still many out there in the ocean

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