Gulf Coast Box Turtles: What You Need To Know To Keep Your Pet Healthy And Happy In Your Own Home
Gulf Coast box tortoise are the largest subspecies of the common box turtle. They have a large, domed upper shell that is typically dark brown or black with yellow stripes or blotches. In the wild, they are often found in marshes and swamps. Gulf coast box tortillas are shy and don't like to be touched. They need places to hide to feel comfortable in their environment. Once they're familiar with their space, many pet turtles will learn to recognize their keepers and even ask for food. Gulf Coast box turtles need to have lighting to metabolize calcium in their diets. They prefer temperatures between 80 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not use a heat rock. It can cause burns. Because this species lives near water, it likes a high humidity level. Gulf coastal box tortilla aren't hardy animals and aren't suitable for beginner turtle keepers. Select a captive-bred specimen from a breeder or visit a rescue organization. Expect to pay between $100 and $400 on average. Make sure the turtle has clear eyes and no mucus around its nose or mouth. . . .