Interesting facts about box turtles
Box Turtles: Keeping & Breeding Them in Captivity by Jordan PattersonThis is a comprehensive guide to owning and breeding a box turtle. We found a baby box turtle in our yard and have adopted her and this was our second attempt at learning more about her care and feeding. The book was a bit long to read out loud with our girls, but I read most of it myself and pointed out interesting facts to our girls (did you know that box turtles will eat hard boiled eggs, shell and all?!?) We do not expect to breed turtles, so we glossed over that section, but overall it was a good book that helps people understand the best ways to keep a box turtle healthy and happy.
Interesting Box turtle Facts
Native to North America and popular as a pet, the box turtle's most notable feature is its shell, the bottom half of which has a hinge that allows it to close completely to protect the animal's head and limbs. With the right diet and environment, a pet box turtle can live 40 years or longer. Box turtles are brown and have either a yellow or orange pattern on their shells.
Box Turtle Pet Facts – 22 Amazing Things About Box Turtles
Intriguingly, these two groups are not closely related genetically, in spite of the fact that they can look quite similar. Of these, the most commonly kept box turtle pet types include the common Eastern box turtle, the 3-toed box turtle, the Gulf Coast box turtle and the Western Ornate desert box turtle. This genus and family include 10 species, of which the most commonly kept box turtle pet types are the Malayan box turtle and the Chinese box turtle. Box turtles are disappearing from the wild at alarming rates, landing them on vulnerable and endangered populations lists around the globe. The illegal smuggling trade is one of the biggest threats to box turtles worldwide, as is habitat loss, environmental pollutions, climate change, disease and competion or predation from invasive species. Whether you can keep box turtle pet depends upon where you live — in the US every state can make their own laws about keeping box turtles as pets.
This is one cool looking turtle! The Eastern box turtle Terrapene carolina carolina has very striking colours, sharp looking claws, and orange-red eyes. The Eastern box turtle is a part of the American pond turtle family, Emydidae. This fancy turtle got its name from its ability to completely hide itself within its shell! In other words, it boxes itself in and remains completely still if it doesn't feel safe. Its main colours are orange, yellow, and brown. The colours of the Eastern box turtle remain mostly the same from turtle to turtle, but the marks on each turtle's shell or carapace are unique.
Can you keep a box turtle as a pet?
The eastern box turtle is one of six extant subspecies of the common box turtle. - I found my first one of in early April — a three-toed box turtle trying to make its way across a busy rural highway. The poor reptile was having a difficult time.
Toggle navigation. Box turtle Facts Box turtle is a type of reptile that belongs to the group of marsh turtles. There are 6 subspecies of box turtles. They are all native to North America. Box turtles inhabit woodlands, brushy grasslands, floodplains, pasture, meadows and areas near the streams and ponds. Habitat destruction and excessive collecting of turtles from the wild due to pet trade negatively affect number of remaining box turtles.