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Live plants safe for Box turtles

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

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  1. jojodesca

    jojodesca New Member

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    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:
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    turtlemann2 New Member

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    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 : )
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    jojodesca New Member

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    im doing it inside..in my turtle table
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    lynnedit Well-Known Member

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    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
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  6. Saloli

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    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.
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    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??
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    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).
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    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...

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    Would a tortoise mix be good? I still have a lot left over from Carolina's pet supply.
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