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Ornate Box Turtles (Adult ): Terrapene ornata

Category: Box Turtles

Experience Level: Intermediate [?]


Once acclimated, Ornate Box Turtles (Terrapene Ornata) are excellent turtles to keep. With full sized adults reaching only 4 - 5 inches, Ornate Box turtles are an excellent condo or apartment turtle. They spend most of their time, basking, foraging for food and resting. Many Ornate Box turtles have lived over 20 years for their keepers (some have lived more than 40). Mainly carnivores, Ornate Box Turtles will eat meat, insects, some greens and vegetables. Beatles and earthworms are favorites. Ours readily eat pellets, cut up beef heart, super worms and earthworms and dark leafy greens. The trick with this species is to start with very well established individuals; carefully help them to acclimate; and keep their husbandry and habitats consistent. They readily adjust to new environments and soon learn to recognize their keepers.

We recommend that your second turtle be the opposite sex - so if your turtle has red eyes, you have a male - and a female will be a most appreciated companion for him. If your box turtle has brown eyes, you have a female, and a male would be the best bet to keep her company...

The best of both worlds: at times they behave like a tortoise, slowly and deliberately going about their routine as if they planned out their whole day ahead of time. Other times, they are more like a turtle, as they quickly run down and pounce on an earth worm with impressive agility; or effortlessly slide into a pond and search below the surface for a meal. Truly Ornate Box are unique turtles.

Ornate Box Turtles are found in several mid western states. In recent years, Texas has been the source of most of the available Ornate Box Turtles. By 2007, most states permanently closed their seasons for turtle collecting - making this species much harder to find. We have a limited number of captive born juveniles and young adults available.

* Remember, each turtle order comes with a free starter sample of the same Turtle diet your Turtle has been raised on - this will last one small turtle a few weeks - to order larger quantities, see the lower left side of this page. *

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1: We have just one 3" + Male Ornate Box Turtle with a dark shell available: **Sorry, this turtle has been ordered**

Shipping Size: MEDIUM

5. Pricing: 1 or more: $225.00/ea.

Availability: Temporarily Out of Stock

2: We have one 4"- 5" female Ornate Box Turtles available: *Sorry, this turtle has been ordered*

Shipping Size: LARGE

5. Pricing: 1 or more: $249.00/ea.

Availability: Temporarily Out of Stock

3: We have just one nice big adult MALE Ornate Box Turtle with very pretty soft markings available **Sorry, this turtle has been ordered**

Shipping Size: EXTRA LARGE

5. Pricing: 1 or more: $269.00/ea.

Availability: Temporarily Out of Stock

4: We have several very nice pairs of young adult Ornate Box Turtles available (price per pair): *Sorry, these turtles have been ordered*

Shipping Size: EXTRA LARGE

5. Pricing: 1 or more: $475.00/ea.

Availability: Temporarily Out of Stock

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