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RE: Diet, Housing, Lighting..My Experience!

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Posted by: KevinM at Thu Jun 25 15:40:01 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by KevinM ]  
   

Box turtles are definitely a bit more of a challenge than torts IMO too. They are complete omnivores that need protein and plant matter, and the torts are strict vegetarians for the most part (although many claim redfoots will unhesitantly eat any small animal that enters their pen). Sorry to hear about your boxie, but you never know how it did once it escaped to the wilds and it may just have survived and be cruising around now!!

In contrast to your comment about your boxie, my redfoots and the yellowfoot are reserved. Not shy necessarily, but not too animated. The yellowfoot is a bit shy. The box turtles I kept last summer were big Gulf Coast boxies, and they acted like they were pets all their life the way they scrambled and begged for food when I approached their pen. Man, those guys could eat!!! I rescued them from a job site we were clearing and excavating and donated them to a local swamp exhibit educational center last summer.


   

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