Terrapene carolina triungis

Three-toed Box Turtle






Origin: Missouri south to Alabama and Texas

Size: 41/2 to 5 in (record 61/2)

Age: 30-40 years (maximum 100yr)

Active: diurnal

Habitat: moist woodlands and adjacent damp meadows and flood plain
30 gal aquarium (if let out to exercise), newsprint, 2-3" potting soil/orchid bark, fir or orchid bark; water bowl large enough to soak in; shelter; need area for burrowing - orchid bark); spot lilght for basking (88F); mist daily
3’ by 1’ plastic container with large, shallow, heated (80F) soaking pool (change water daily), hiding area, covered to keep humidity up (Don Newhouser, CHS)

Temp.: bask 88F

Foods: earthworms, slugs, crickets, fruits (e.g., bananas, apples, berries, melon), sweet potatoes (cooked and mashed), chicken (boiled & shredded), dark green leaffy veggies., pinky mice (once a week max.); like (need) variety
young require calacium/vitamin supplementation of food
hatchlings & small turtles: feed 1/day, after have basked to warm-up
large: (5 in)fed 3-4 times/week

Temperament: shy, friendly, explorative when let out of enclosure; NOT pets to be handled

de Vosjoli, P.. (1990) General Care & Maintenance of Box Turtles. Advanced Vivarium Systems, Inc. Lakeside, CA 92040.
de Vosjoli, P. and Klingenberg, DVM, R. (1995) The Box Turtle Manual. Advanced Vivarium Systems, Inc. Lakeside, CA 92040.
Don Newhouser, Colorado Herpetological Society, personal communication

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