Box Turtle Care Sheet

Description: Box Turtles are some of the most popular pet turtles. They are relatively easy to care for and are not as large in size as some other species of turtles.
Scientific Name: Terrapene
Lifespan: 40 years on average
Origin: Various species of box turtles exists almost everywhere in the world.


Adults should be fed every 2 days, while growing juveniles should be fed daily. A good multivitamin supplement should be used at every feeding. To ensure your box turtle stays healthy it is important to use a variety of both plant matter and meat.


Lighting: Direct full-spectrum lighting is essential to the proper bone and shell grown of a box turtle. In order to ensure the maximum light waves reach the turtle do not have it pass through a screen. This light should be provided for at least 12 hours per day.
Physical Design: Box turtles require a dry area in which they can bask and an area with water that they can swim in. The enclosure should be a 50/50 ratio of land to water.
Size: A box turtle which is kept indoors should have no less than a 40 gallon aquarium tank for its habitat. Anything smaller than this will not allow enough room for both the water and land portions of the habitat.
Temperature: During the daytime the appropriate temperature for a box turtle is between 85 and 88 degrees F. At night the temperature should drop to between 70 and 75 degrees F.
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