Ornate Box Turtles Can Be Yours For The Low Low Price Of $100 To $400 Per Specimen

Ornate box turtles are native to the central United States. They have a domed upper shell that's brown with yellow lines in what's sometimes called a starburst pattern. Their skin is dark gray with white or yellow spots. There's sometimes green on a mature male's head. Ornate box turtle are a bit more personable than their box turtle cousins. Varieties of ornate box creatures bred in the wild tend to be easier to handle than their wild-caught counterparts. In the wild, ornate nest box turtles live in cold weather, especially those that live farther north. They do best in outdoor enclosures. They need a large enclosure with room to move around and a high fence. Large enclosures should be built with sufficient heating and lighting if they are kept indoors. Make sure the sun is at all points during the day. The turtle has a humidity level of around 40% to 50%. In their enclosure, they create a humid microenvironment by burrowing in moist soil. A common substratum, the material that lines the bottom of your turtle's enclosure, is peat-based soil (make sure it’s free of chemicals) mixed with sphagnum moss and peat moss. Oligarchs are herbivores and require a varied diet. Calcium-dusted crickets, mealworms, waxworms, and earthworms should be regular parts of the ornate Box turtle's diet. Grasses, dark leafy greens, and certain vegetables and fruits can also be given. Box turtles are susceptible to vitamin A deficiency, respiratory infections, and parasites. Repeated respiratory infection, coupled with weight loss or disorientation, can signal a vitamin C deficiency. Parasitis infections usually require a fecal exam by a veterinary professional who specializes in reptiles. Ornacy box tortillas aren't hardy and aren't suitable for beginner turtle owners. Select a captive-bred specimen from a breeder or visit a rescue organization. Expect to pay between $100 and $400 on average. Check out other types of reptiles and amphibians that can be your new pet. . . .

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