Box Turtle and Tortoise Discussion :: Box Turtle basic care/needs anyone?

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Post Posted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 6:25 pm   Box Turtle basic care/needs anyone?

hello everyone,
i had a question about box turtles..i dont own one, but i know a friend who does.. anyways, their turtle doesnt look like its in the best home (turtle is about 4 inches or bigger in a 10 gallon glass tank, with gravel and about an inch of water..) so i was wondering where i could find basic care information and basic needs.. is there a link in this forum?..just trying to learn as much as i can, so i can enlighten them, and/or possibly adopt the turtle..thanks yall..peace
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Post Posted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 6:30 pm   

umm, there's a sticky on box turtle care at the top of this section. :) I feel bad for your friend's turtle. He must be miserable. :(
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Post Posted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 6:40 pm   

oops!..lol..thanks
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Post Posted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 9:57 pm   

no prob! :D
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Post Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 9:09 am   

Are you sure it's a box turtle? If so, I have to say I'm horrified that it's been kept in water
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Post Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 10:38 am   

yea jenaero,
its an eastern boxie..(sorry for the bad story)and i know right, i havent really seen any boxes since grade school, and even then, i knew they werent aquatic turts...im in the process of letting the owner know the improvements they need to make..like, add some substrate they can actually "burrow" in, remove water, replace it with a small dish, get some "around the house" food , and get em a lamp for now...
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Post Posted: Sat Jun 23, 2007 9:59 pm   

Aquariums don't make good homes for boxies at all, but a 10 gallon is tiny. It would be like me living in my closet.

Jenaero posted some pictures of a rubbermaid with some substrate that inspired me. I kinda made a copy. It only cost me about $20 for everything.
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Post Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2007 9:20 am   

That was a while back, in case you didn't find anything, here's a pic of mine. This is a 46gal rubbermaid for a hatchling boxie. An adult requires 4'x4' of space.

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Post Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2007 7:18 pm   

Oooooh..

I hope to keep a tortoise or a box turtle when i move Taiwan!
2 Chinese Goldenthread turtles ~ Miso&Mafan
1 Chinese Box turtle ~ Chief Lemon
2 Redfoot Tortoises ~ Sheegua & Muugua
1 Toy Poodle ~ Pudding
3 firebellied newts ~ Cassandra, Mr.Poo, and Wiggles.

http://flickr.com/photos/the_naturalist
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