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RE: box turtles

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Posted by: strange_wings at Fri Jun 17 14:31:37 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by strange_wings ]  
   

The collection and keeping of wild EBTs is prohibited there. However this is usually the case everywhere with many turtle species and there are usually some provisions for keeping captive bred and adopted turtles. Call the Michigan DNR or a local branch of fish and game that may be able to tell you what is required (proof) that it's not a wild turtle and whether you'll need a permit.

Since this is a new pet, in other words no one is experienced in keeping them already, I suggest against a baby. This myth that that kids need a baby animal (like a kitten or puppy) because it's better is silly. There are plenty of adults that need homes - more so with adult boxies and their long life spans.
So I really suggest you go with an adult who will be a bit more forgiving of any mistakes, and will likely interact more with people rather than hide. Look into adopting - that will definitely cover the proof part that the turtle isn't wild collected.

You didn't mention where you are in Michigan. Certain parts, like the UP/northern tip, may force you to bring a boxie inside. Especially since the last couple of winters sound like they've been a bit rough.

And of course, remember this will more or less be YOUR pet. A lot of the care and set up will be beyond a child still. Food prep, for example, involves knives, food processor (if you want to save time), and even handling raw meat from time to time.
Should getting an EBT be out of the question due to regulations there are other species that will be fine outside there during the summer and can be brought in during the winter.


   

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