1. Welcome! Are you interested in tortoises? If so, we invite you to join our community! Our community is the #1 place for tortoise keepers to talk online. Once you join you'll be able to post messages, upload pictures of your tortoise and enclosure, and discuss any tortoise topic with other tortoise keepers. Get started today!

Live plants safe for Box turtles

Discussion in 'American box turtles' started by jojodesca, Jan 17, 2012.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. jojodesca

    jojodesca Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2012
    Messages:
    769
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Location:
    Bay Area
    I was wondering which live plants are safe for box turtles..I want to put real plants in the habitat (leaving them in the pots of course)


    Thank You
    Jojo :tort:
  2. turtlemann2

    turtlemann2 New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2012
    Messages:
    787
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Mid Willamette Valley, Or
    (These ads do not appear for registered members.)
    indoor or outdoor habitat?

    if outdoor forget the pots, plant them : )

    sword ferns, hosta's, wild strawberries, grass is always good and so are dandelions

    these are just a few to get you started : )
  3. jojodesca

    jojodesca Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2012
    Messages:
    769
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Location:
    Bay Area
    im doing it inside..in my turtle table
  4. lynnedit

    lynnedit Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2011
    Messages:
    5,660
    Likes Received:
    80
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Southwest Washington
    pansies, sedum, pothos, spider plant, xmas cactus, aloe vera, moss.
    you can get some mixed lettuce seed mix, or other tort friendly plant seeds, and sprout it in small plastic trays and put them in (have several going and rotate as the get demolished)

    here is a helpful site:
    http://www.thetortoisetable.org.uk/site/plants_19.asp
  5. turtlemann2

    turtlemann2 New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2012
    Messages:
    787
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Mid Willamette Valley, Or
  6. Saloli

    Saloli New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2009
    Messages:
    589
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    middle river
    I would avoid the pothos. I would suggest looking for plants from the same area as the turtle that are non toxic to them. Though don't use lists of plants that are toxic to mammal (like humans) as a guide as Box Turtles are known to be able and routinely eat organisms that are toxic or leathal to mammals like jack in the pulpit berries, and destroying angel mushrooms. If you tell me what species you have and subspecies I should be able to give you suggestions.
  7. pryncesssc

    pryncesssc New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2012
    Messages:
    489
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Chicago IL
    If you are giving out suggestions.. I have a Florida Box Turtle hatchling and I wanted to add a small potted plant to her indoor setup.. any suggestions on something that will do well indoors??
  8. Saloli

    Saloli New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2009
    Messages:
    589
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    middle river
    you could order sea grapes seeds from seedman.com they are pretty easy to grow and are from fla. Depending on the size of your tank you could also get a dwarf palmetto palm (walmart has these alot).
  9. Katherine

    Katherine Member

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2011
    Messages:
    791
    Likes Received:
    17
    Trophy Points:
    18
    I keep a few plants with my baby three toed BTs that are inside for the winter; nothing fancy but I have spinach, coreopsis, clover, and a milenrama fern for hiding under in each indoor container. The plants all do well indoors and the box turtles seem happy. They really love the cover a fern so I would def recommend that...

    View attachment 15625
  10. lynnedit

    lynnedit Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2011
    Messages:
    5,660
    Likes Received:
    80
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Southwest Washington
  11. WallieTheTortoise

    WallieTheTortoise New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2011
    Messages:
    327
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Brooklyn, NY
    Would a tortoise mix be good? I still have a lot left over from Carolina's pet supply.
Similar Threads: Live plants
Forum Title Date
American box turtles Does anyone have live bugs in enclosure? Jul 30, 2014
American box turtles Will they ever be able to live together? Apr 29, 2014
American box turtles breeding live food? Sep 23, 2013
American box turtles Raising live food Mar 3, 2013
American box turtles Live food, how much, how often? Jul 26, 2012

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page