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Does anyone breed Eastern Box Turtles?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by cheyfrie26, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. cheyfrie26

    cheyfrie26 Songster

    Apr 17, 2011
    Does anyone successfully breed them outside? Is my enclosure fine? The state parks was just like this but a little higher and had a pond.


  2. superbrew

    superbrew In the Brooder

    Apr 28, 2011
    Brighton, CO
    I have box turtles myself, ornate box turtles. About the same in needs and requirements. It looks like you need some stuff for them to burrow in. I have mine inside and use about 6 inches of peat moss and dirt. You also need a shaded area for them to cool off during the day and hide if they want.
  3. carolinagirl58

    carolinagirl58 Songster

    Mar 30, 2011
    Lugoff, SC
    They are an easy meal for a hawk, dog, coyote or raccoon in that enclosure. It needs to be much sturdier and have a top on it so predators can't get to them. During the summer, box turtles spend most of their time in shady moist woods. I am afraid your pen is way too sunny for them to be happy.

    This is a good place to learn more about keeping turtles


    This page is specifically about housing for box turtles...

    Last edited: Jul 7, 2011
  4. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

    Apr 7, 2010
    Quote:great info [​IMG]
  5. fishin-nole

    fishin-nole Chirping

    Feb 17, 2011
    I had one make a nest in my garden last year but they didn't hatch. Don't know what the problem was.
  6. erinszoo

    erinszoo Songster

    Jun 28, 2011
    North Central Oklahoma
    I have ornate box turtles that have bred successfully outside for the last six years. They have mostly a shaded enclosure with a few sunny spots for getting warm and they have a pond. I have several places where they can be in a tunnel - two made with rocks like little caves and three broken clay flower pots laid on their sides. They also have an area that I mixed a little sand into that they always seem to lay their eggs in. In the fall, after they dig in for hibernating, I cover the entire pen with about a foot of leaves. During the summer I water the pen down almost daily with a mist setting on my hose. Even though they have waterers and the pond to drink from they seem to enjoy drinking from the little streams that form from the misting.

    Any corners you have on your pen need to be covered in some way as turtles are quite adept at climbing out of enclosures, however, my enclosure isn't covered in any other way and I've never had a predator of any kind mess with my turtles and I get skunks, oppossums, and all kinds of birds. I've even had a stray dog or two that's managed to end up in my yard somehow, but they've never hurt a turtle. The wild birds often drink from the turtle pond as well as my outdoor cats. The turtles actually chase my cats out of their pen which is quite funny to watch.

    What are you feeding your turtles? Mine get a variety of fruits, boiled eggs with the shells still on, grasshoppers, worms, an occasional treat of tuna or shrimp, and leaf lettuces. I cut the eggs in half and the fruit in big chunks and put out whole pieces of lettuce rather than chop everything up. That way they have to bite and pull to eat just like if they were foraging on their own in the wild. They are huge fans of strawberries and cantalope.
  7. cheyfrie26

    cheyfrie26 Songster

    Apr 17, 2011
    Well today they ate a frog, 3 cray fish, and they eat tomatoes, cucumbers, and there is raspberry's and apples in there too.

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