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Box Turtle Gulf Coast Health Information

Ideally, the Gulf Coast Box Turtle should be kept at about 80 degrees during the day. They should also be provided with a basking area of between 90 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit. At night the temperature should be in the low 70s. Relative humidity levels should be around 65 percent. Indoor enclosures should be lit with full spectrum UV light for 12 or 13 hours per day. They like to soak in water, so they should have a shallow, easily accessible pool. The defecate in the water, so it will need to be changed frequently.

Adult Gulf Coast Box Turtles should be fed 60-70% plant matter and 30-40% animal matter. They do well on a diet of leafy green vegetables and other plant matter such as tomatoes, green peppers, sweet potatoes, squash, cauliflower, berries, bananas, cherries, plums, and apple. Appropriate meaty items include crickets, earthworms, mealworms and canned low-fat dog food (a premium brand). They can also be fed commercial omnivore foods such as canned or pelleted box turtle food or primate biscuits softened in water.

Gulf Coast Box Turtles mate between the beginning of spring and October. One successful mating can result in the female laying fertile eggs for up to four years. The females lay clutches of between 3 and 8 eggs between May and July in nests they build in sand or soil. The eggs hatch after about three months of incubation. The temperature the eggs are incubated at determines the sex. Incubation temperatures of 27 degrees Celsius or lower result in mostly male turtles, while temperatures above 28 degrees Celsius result in mostly females.

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