Box turtle tank setup

The box turtle is one of the more popular types of pet turtles that are found practically all over the world. Wherever there are damp, mossy areas, one is sure to find a box turtle inhabiting the land. These types of pet turtles are pretty territorial and almost always stay near their place of birth for their entire lifetime. As a matter of fact, if you try to remove a box turtle to another area half a mile from where it was born, it will systematically search for its former habitat. It may not be able to find its way back to its old home but it will spend most of its life looking for it. This is one of those types of pet turtles that you will want to be cautious about because you need to create Box Turtle Tanks with living environments that are very similar to their old habitat. The box turtle requires at least a 20” long aquarium. The turtle tank setup should provide half land and half water, with a minimum depth of 6 inches of water. This may be achieved using pea gravel. Plants should be added to make the enclosure more attractive and like their natural habitat. The water temperature should be maintained at 80° – 85° F. Temperature on land should be at least 78° F. It is important that adequate lighting is provided. Lighting must provide UVA and UVB for proper skeletal and shell development. Incandescent lights may be used to provide basking spots. Ceramic emitters or under-the-tank heaters may also be used to heat the enclosure. But one of the nice things about box turtles is that they are omnivorous so they can live off of insects, berries and various easily attainable types of food products. It is recommended to offer food once or twice a week. Changing the substrate and water when soiled is a must or it is likely that your pet will become ill. Handlers are advised to wash their hands thoroughly after handling any reptile or reptile cage furnishings. Box turtles are great pets as long as you are willing to invest the time and care that is needed.