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Here we will supply you with different care sheets for your turtle.
This month's care sheet is about 3 toed Box Turtles
An outdoor enclosure is best for Eastern box turtles. Minimal size for one adult is 4 feet by 4 feet. Ideally it should receive morning sun and late afternoon sun when they are most active. Planting shrubs and plants should provide shaded areas. Hiding places are required. Hollowed out logs, plant pots turned on their sides or other materials can be used. Large water bowls can be created out of plant saucers. Misting the enclosure will boost the humidity. Turtles are excellent escape artists. You must dig down 6 inches below the bottom of the enclosure walls and provide a barrier. Chicken wire or bricks can be used to accomplish this. A screen top is essential to keep out predators. Raccoons, skunks, hawks, opossums, dogs, cats and kids are all potential dangers to turtles
Indoor enclosures are sometimes needed for turtles. Sick, very young, climate and the location your in can all play a part of having to keep one indoors. Minimal size of the enclosure should be 36 inches long and 12 inches wide for one box turtle. Remember, bigger is always better. Glass tanks are not recommended since the turtle can see out and will want out.
indoor enclosure
Your turtle will also need artificial lighting. You must have a UVB lighting source to promote healthy growth and provide the essential vitamins for calcium absorption. Reptisun 5.0 lights are recommended. For heating the enclosure you have two options. You can buy a ceramic heat emitter that will last for years or use a heat bulb as a basking place. Turtles cannot regulate their own body temperature so you will need to provide a gradient. One side of the enclosure needs to be warmer then the other to allow the turtle to chose for itself how warm it wants to be. A turtle without proper heat cannot digest its food properly and will become sickly. Substrate should be a minimum of 3 inches deep. Box turtle burrow in substrate to feel safe. You can use moistened Bed a Beast mixed with peat moss without perlite. Some people use regular dirt or just potting soil. Try them and see what works best for your turtle and you.   You need to substrate to stay moist but not wet to help provide humidity. Lack of humidity will cause repertory and eye problems. A large water bowl needs to be provided. This will need cleaned a minimum of once daily. Box turtles frequently defecate in their water. Lastly, hiding places. You can buy hollowed out logs, make caves from rocks or use fake plants to accomplish this. Whatever you use make sure it isn't something that can fall and injure your turtle.