Animal Stories - Ornate Box Turtle


Animal-World Information about: Ornate Box Turtle

   The western box turtle or Ornate Box Turtle is perhaps one of the most commonly available of all the box turtles!
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dakota - 2011-09-04
Thank you, this info was more helpful than any other website.

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    Jaimi - 2011-08-02
    I found a turtle that fits this description in my driveway. I live in Colorado Springs and he has been happily living in my kitchen sink for a week......He loves chicken and turkey, and grape tomatoes. What do I need for a "turtle home"??

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-02
      Attached is Animal World article that has certain recommendations for your new friend. Probably the kitchen sink is a little inconvienient at times. For you - maybe not for him.
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    AJAY - 2011-07-09
    It has been a good experience landing on this site. I finally got something that I was looking for. Many many many thanks. Hope to read more in the the future.

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-09
      Glad you enjoy it. Don't forget to leave us your esperiences and your knowledge. Many are novice and have lots of questions. With your interest in reading and looking for information, I'd say you are going to learn and know a lot. We appreciate all those who are interested in helping others with their pets. Much of that comes from the owners of the pets.
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    Anonymous - 2011-05-27
    I found the Ornate Box Turtle in my front yard it had been hit by a car, so I decided to take it in. I think it's a Boy and I don't think it likes lettuce so I might have to go get some worms wish me luck!!!

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-27
      Western box turtles are omnivores and feed on a huge variety of food in the wild. In captivity, they are especially fond of live food such as earthworms, superworms, redworms, wax worms, crickets, pink mice, and even goldfish.
      In addition to this large variety of live foods, you can offer chopped fruits and vegetables. Finely grated dark green veggies such as lettuces and kale, and fruits such as melons, berries, cantaloupe, are also accepted (though not eagerly) once or twice a week.
      They will eat MAZURI
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    Andrew Underwood - 2010-11-20
    I've had mine for 9 months! She doesn't show a single sign of infection nor any other stress related illness. In fact I think she actually enjoys getting free range of the house every day, an infra red heated, 5 ft diameter swimming pool at night. And all the super worms, crickets and berries she can eat.

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    lacey - 2010-10-20
    My turtle is a male and we give him his water bowl but for the past couple days he just sleeps in it almost all the time is this normal or should I worry?

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    loko koko - 2010-09-08
    I just got this turtle my dad found it and is a pretty cool pet manley because it is not all that hard to take care of them.

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    Miyuku - 2010-04-30
    My sister was driving home from a friends and saw a turtle ahead of her get hit and spun around (lol poor Turtle) It wouldn't move so she couldn't let it die there. And not knowing were she came from my sister could not just set it on the other side that would only endanger it more. So she took it home and gave it to me, the turtle has a lil hole on its shell and you can see the skin it doesn't look severe but we found out its a box turtle, I've been feeding it and its eating =D I have not had it long, I live in Ferdinand IN The Home for her is temporary. (its indoor with a Florescent light) My sister saved a hurt fresh water turtle and you can see its outer organs. *shudders* but she wrapped it up. I emailed a turtle rescue about it and they might come pick it up. I plan to hand my Hiroshi over to them as well. I want the best 4 her.

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    Keith - 2009-07-23
    The Ornate Box Turtle has now been listed by the State of Illinois as a "threatened" species. Regulations under the Illinois Endangered Species Protection Act will become effective sometime in Fall 2009. For Illinois residents, establishing documentation of possession prior to the effective date of the new regulations may be wise. For clarification of requirements or restrictions pertaining to possession or trade of captive-bred specimens, contact the Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board.

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    Jason - 2009-05-01
    Owning an ornate in Wisconsin is not illegal, selling them is.

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