Its a box turtle and it looks extremely thin.View attachment 324366 hi! I'm getting this little guy in 6 days and the current owner doesnt know what species he is. I'd like to know asap so that I can properly prepare for his arrival. He is very small and will stay small due to a birth defect. I'd like to know what everyone thinks! Thank you !
Would an organic potting soil be best? Thank u for your input!It's a very dry and thin Eastern box turtle ( Terrapene carolina carolina). It looks like his eye is stuck shut, but a more humid environment and a good soak in warm water will fix that. Get rid of the sand and either set him up outside or use a subtrate you can moisten. The sand may be why his eye looks like that.
I’d also fatten him up with some nice juicy and fat earth worms they love thoseHe looks like an ornate box turtle! However he does look dehydrated so give him a water bowl and a nice cozy soak! Also I’d suggest coconut fiber as the bedding, NO SAND though I’ve had horrid experiences with sand
I’d suggest Mazuri turtle/tortoise diet! It super good for them and ours love itWould anyone have a suggestion regarding food? Hes eating bearded dragon kibble but obviously I dont think its giving him proper nutrition. what's the best pellet food? I'll be feeding worms, veggies, etc, but what about pellets?
For box turtle commercial food I like Omega One Adult Turtle Sticks, Mazuri Aquatic Turtle Food, Mazuri Small Crocodilian Chow and Hikari Saki Turtle Food. Most turtles like the Omega One best but it is also the most expensive. I use Omega One to initially get turtles to accept pellets and then blend in some of the other brands to get them to accept some of the less expensive food. I also like that the turtles are getting a variety of pellets to round out their nutritional intake in addition to the whole and live foods.Would anyone have a suggestion regarding food? Hes eating bearded dragon kibble but obviously I dont think its giving him proper nutrition. what's the best pellet food? I'll be feeding worms, veggies, etc, but what about pellets?