Acquired: Wild caught / rehabilitation animal
Kentucky, United States
Posted Mar 27, 2014
One of my brothers has had a box turtle since I can literally remember! They usually live between 30 and 40 years while in captivity. So before purchasing one it is important to remember that they are a long-term commitment!
Turtles can eat greens and meat. Meat wise they can have worms, fish and snails. My brother feeds his worms and greens usually. Also, note that they should not be overfed, as their bodies can actually grow faster than their shell if fed too much.
Like many reptiles, they require special care. A calcium and Vitamin D3 and B12 supplement are encouraged to make sure they get all the nutrients they need in their diet, but again make sure that you don't over dose on this. They need special lighting to get UVB rays, as well as a basking light. Pet stores usually have these available.
Also, they require a water area and a land/basking area (where the heat source should be placed). You can make this happen in a tank by dividing it with Plexiglas at the bottom, and making sure your turtle can easily access both areas freely.
They are sweet little creatures, and if handled from a young age will be glade to have you pick them up. My brothers seems to like the top of his head rubbed.
I recommend doing your research before getting this pet to make sure you really want it, because again, they can live between 30 and 40 years...occasionally longer.