Hi, yes Box Turtles hide so well!
it is hard to believe especially with colorful patterns on carapace but you don’t see them unless they are out in open.
If your garden box is made of material with rough surface, like wood, make sure to put something over four corners because turtles will try...
Under proper basking lamp, it doesn’t take so long for your turtle to dry off; I never timed with stopwatch or anything but it is relatively short time.
Naturally dorsal area, such as carapace, top of head etc, dries in no time.
It is important to make sure that underside of your turtle, like...
I second that he is a male Eastern Box Turtle about 10-15 years old as his growth rings on scutes are still “crisp” looking.
He is still considered quite young as his kind can easily live 80-100 years.
Looking at growth rings, he might have been a wild individual until recently rather than a...
That turtle is possibly Eastern River Cooter based on plastron shape and pattern.
Rear marginal scutes of sliders are usually more jagged, with indentation at middle of each marginal.
Pattern you can barely see on costal scutes resembles pattern of cooter than slider too.
Golden Threads are beautiful turtles! They might be the most attractive Mauremys turtle out there.
I would love to live with one someday.
How deep is your water level? Baby/juvenile turtles can and do swim and dive but they tend to get tired quickly especially if you keep them in a deep bare...
You can try duck weed or frog bit if you haven’t already.
They will quickly cover the top and limit sun light and takes nitrogen.
it might be a bit too late but you could paint some sides of the glass tank to cut down light as well.
I like how they have pergola looking thing above tank :D
You should plant blackberry, Raspberry blueberry, and make a compost pile if you don’t mind slugs and snails.
It’s like opening up a buffet restaurant for them.
Banana is another favorite dessert but I guess Blue Ridge is a bit too cold for planting bananas.
Do you always keep those Asian and American box together?
I am interested how your habitat setup is like. I am thinking of making outside enclosure for some semi terrestrial species(which I currently don’t keep) so your setup might give me inspiration.
also which Cuora species is her?
Hi, I just registered to this forum even though I don’t have any tortoise right now.
Even though I lived with turtles(both semi-aquatic and semi-terrestrial) for over 30 years, I have never ventured out to mysterious and majestic territory of Testudinidae family.
I would like to read around and...