Box Turtles As Pets Care Information
There are many types of box turtle. Some prefer more humid enclosures than others. Some need higher temperatures. Some like to lay down. One variety even prefers brackish (slightly sweet) water to fresh water. The common box turtle has a high-domed upper shell that is mostly brown with yellow or orange. Box turtles are not suitable pets for young children or new pet owners. They are susceptible to stress, which can greatly affect a turtle's health. They don't bite normally. However, anxiety from overhandling can lead some to nip a person. They can also carry salmonella. The box turtle do best in a turtle-friendly outdoor pen that imitates their natural environment. The pen should have walls that are at least 18 inches tall with an overhang to stop the turtle from climbing out. If you can’t keep your turtle outside year-round in your climate, try to do so for at least part of the year. Common box turtle require daytime temperatures of around 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit with a basking spot around 85 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. At night, the temperature can drop to between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit . It can be improved by using a surface that retains some moisture. Most young box turtles need feeding every 24 hours. Some adults might eat every other day. Fresh vegetables, fruits, insects, low-fat meat, and pinky mice can be offered. (max _bytes(150000):strip_icc()/box-turtles-as-pets-1237255-FINAL-5b9bcdb04cedfd00506dc033. jpg) Most serious disease among the box turtle is metabolic bone disease due to insufficient exposure to the sun. Respiratory infections, usually from insufficient humidity or low temperatures, are also common among box turtle . Avoid feeding lettuce to a turtle with a respiratory infection. Many states have laws against keeping wild box turtle as pets.
Box turtle don't adjust well to captivity. They often die from stress. It's best to avoid buying a box turtle during the fall or winter when it should be sleeping. Children can only go 12 to 24 hours without water for months without food. Check out other types of reptiles and amphibians. . . .