Your Complete Handbook To Nurturing A Baby Box Turtle At Home

Baby Box Turtles usually belong to the American Pond Turtle family and they are mainly found in North America. With their habits and appearance, Box turtles are more familiar than the tortoise. They are one of the most popular pets in the USA. However, one thing a beginner turtle owner doesn’t understand is that this box turtle requires a lot of attention and care. Hence, keeping it as a pet is not a piece of cake. So, let’s check out some tips that will make your job easy and ensure that your pet is properly taken care of.

Pick A Healthy Baby Box Turtle 

If you are buying a baby box turtle for the first time, make sure you buy a healthy turtle. In some places, there are restrictions on keeping box turtles as pets. So make sure to buy a turtle that is legally allowed in your country and state. 

Pick a Healthy Baby Box Turtle 

Choosing Enclosure 

Choosing an enclosure is very important for a baby box turtle. If you have any other turtles or tortoises on the premises, you will need to house your baby box turtle away from them as it usually needs special attention. This is also applicable to any box turtle you own that may be of the same species or subspecies. Because your baby turtle will have its own specific care and needs that are much stricter than what an adult box turtle would need. 

Setting Up Indoor Enclosure 

While setting up an indoor enclosure, it’s very important you pick a place that has enough space. A plastic container with appropriate space will do. Set the habitat in a way where you will have a loose substrate that will hold moisture, such as coco coir bedding or sphagnum moss (pronunciation). But do not use any bedding that contains pesticides or manure. 

Baby box turtles require enough warm light. You need to keep the lights on for 8 to 10 hours in the daytime if you are keeping your turtle indoors and turn the lights off at night. It is also important to maintain the temperature. Keep it between 82 to 85 degrees, but it can go down to 75 degrees at night. You can use a bulb or a heat lamp to keep them warm indoors. Another important thing is that you maintain a basking spot. So to maintain the basking spot, you can use a warm humidifier or partially cover the enclosure to trap the moisture. You also need to maintain the humidity level at around 60%. 

Setting Up Indoor Enclosure 

Give The Turtles The Privacy They Need 

The most important thing is to keep a hiding area because baby box turtles love to keep hiding. They hide around 90 to 95 percent of the time. If you look and cannot find your baby box turtle, do not panic. It will come out on its own. So make a place where they can hide.

Diet Of A Baby Box Turtle 

Box turtles are normally omnivores; they eat insects, invertebrates (pronunciation), fruits, and some other vegetation. Therefore, a baby box turtles diet should have more animal protein and less percentage of fruit and vegetables. Many new owners give more vegetables, and the babies do not grow efficiently because they lack animal proteins. 

While giving your turtle food, keep it in a tile or high place where they can easily notice. If you are giving insects like earthworms or grasshoppers, make sure you cut them so that your baby box turtle can easily eat them. If you see your baby turtle is not eating, keep the food in a bit of a private area because some turtles are shy about eating. Just like humans, they can get bored with their food, so revamp and feed different items. Try feeding a calcium supplement once a week for the best development of your baby box turtle

Diet of a Baby Box Turtle 

Growing Your Box Turtle 

With proper love and care, your baby box turtle will soon grow. The care for the juvenile is similar to the care of a baby box turtle. The main difference between caring for juvenile and adult box turtles is feeding. When it’s juvenile, reduce your feed to 2 to 3 times a day. Every box turtle is different, so when you are noticing that your babies aren’t eating much of the food you are giving, you can start feeding them alternate meals.

Final Thoughts

These are a few of the steps on how you can take care of your baby box turtle. If you need more information about baby box turtles, comment down below so that we can make a video on it.

Murphy Bernier

Murphy Bernier

Murphy Bernier is a New-York based freelance writer, professional blogger and certified dog trainer. She networks shelter pets to help them find homes and volunteers for rescue groups as she is passionate about dog rescue and adoption. From a very early age, she developed extensive animal handling skills from her dad, and that’s where her love for animals started.

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