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Chinese Golden Box Turtle

$375.00 - $495.00
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Product Description

Chinese Box Turtles (Cistoclemmys flavomarginata) are one of the finest of all the box turtles. Found in the ponds and overgrown streams of southern China, Taiwan, and on the Ryukyu Islands of Japan, this handsome turtle has a hinged bottom, just like it's American Box Turtle counterparts. Also called the Yellow-margined box turtle, they have golden yellow head markings - with an orange chin, yellow plastron (belly) colorings around a darkened center, and a distinct golden yellow vertebral stripe on their high domed shells.

Not shy at all, Chinese Golden Box Turtles are very out going and are most active in mild temperatures. We feed our juveniles pellets, earthworms, fish, romaine lettuce and some fruits. Favorites include strawberries, melon and bananas. Some US breeders are successfully hatching these hardly little turtles that only grow to about 6 inches as adults. Chinese Golden Box Turtles are considered the Cadillac of all the box turtles by many keepers, and do very well in primarily water set ups, that include a fair amount of land. An excellent species for keepers of all levels to enjoy, Chinese Golden Box Turtles are a perfect example of captive breeding at it's best - as the species is under considerable pressure in the wild from Chinese food markets.

Other Details

Common Name:
Chinese Golden Box Turtle
Scientific Name:
Cistoclemmys flavomarginata
Starter to Intermediate
Turtle Category:
Box Turtles
Restricted States:

Warranty Information

We offer a 7 day health guarantee on our captive bred animals only provided all conditions are met as listed in our Terms and Conditions page.


  • 5
    Chinese Box Turtle Hatchling

    Posted by JW on Nov 29th 2023

    I love him or her so much!!

  • 4
    Chinese golden box

    Posted by James Welch on Nov 3rd 2023

    Would love to got some information about how you had it setup I’m a little nervous because it’s a baby

  • 5
    Chinese Box Turtles Yearlings

    Posted by Kurt on Jul 16th 2022

    Another great transaction. I placed my order at 3:45 P.M. Thursday and had my two new additions by 10:00 A.M. Friday. You can't do it any better than that. I took them out of the reptile sack and both of them had their heads and legs out, ready to roll. One is a little over 3" SCL and the other 4" SCL. Both ate that first day. One can always tell when a breeder is very hands on with the animals. These turtles are just so used to being with people. Amy D. did a wonderful job of getting the little ones to me the next morning especially when one considers how late in the day I was placing the order. Marc does everything first class. I've placed multiple orders with The Turtle Source and every time, all went smooth and I have received great animals. I love Chinese Box Turtles at this age. They are so amazingly cute. When they are on the move, it's so fun to watch. It looks like they are on a mission with their little legs moving at full speed going over obstacles like miniature tanks. Thanks to everyone at The Turtle Source!

  • 5
    Chinese box turtle

    Posted by Will on Jan 15th 2022

    My little guy arrived healthy and well packaged but that’s not the point lol the point is their customer service is absolutely freakin awesome!!! Seconds after I ordered Maria personally texted me to let me know that their would be a a delay in shipping due to inclement weather and exactly when my turtle would be shipped out plus some bonus food. I order turtles online often and trust me it has never went this smooth dealing with other websites. Thanks guys!

  • 5
    The box turtle maid it home, thanks you guys

    Posted by Erick Miranda on Aug 22nd 2021

    Thanks again everything came out great. My daughter loved the box turtle

  • 5
    Chinese Golden Box Turtle

    Posted by Laurie on Jul 9th 2021

    Beautiful box turtle hatchling, arrived quickly, healthy. I've had him 8 months, he's never been ill, growing nicely.

  • 5

    Posted by travis duarte on Jul 5th 2021

    my yearling arrived in perfect health and body. packaging was amazing and the staff put huge effort into making sure the animal was delivered safe, with amazing communication.