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The Chinese Box Turtle will do well in a large enclosure with other turtles of the same species or different species. They require a shallow pool to soak and wade in. They can be kept outdoors in temperate enclosure, provided there is plenty of shade. The enclosures should be watered daily in hot weather.

Mature Chinese Box Turtles can be fed a diet of earthworms, small worms, slugs and snails. They can also be fed dry or canned cat food, fruits and vegetables. Ideal fruits are strawberries, papaya, cantaloupe and bananas, and they enjoy carrots, corn and squash. They should be provided with a source of calcium.

When courting, the male extends his neck and sways it towards the female, parallel to the ground. The animals often bite and chase each other during courting. The male often smacks his lips or hisses and sometimes drools. The male will then bite the front of the female's shell. When she is still, he mounts her from the rear. The breeding period is in the spring, summer and fall. Dominant males are sometimes aggressive towards other adult males as well as towards juvenile males.

Female Chinese Box Turtles nest during the daytime. They dig many holes before deciding on one to nest in. They nest between March and August. They can lay multiple clutches per season, and each clutch usually consists of two or three eggs. Smaller females will only lay one egg per clutch. They usually nest in the shade. The eggs are large, between 38 and 52 mm long. The eggs usually hatch after between 75 and 90 days of incubation at about 28 degrees Celsius. The hatchlings are large, between 31 and 44mm. The hatchlings usually begin eating in about five days. They are similar in appearance to the adults.

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