Can a box turtle live indoors?


Can a box turtle live indoors?

It’s difficult for indoor box turtles to thrive. If kept indoors, use a terrarium that’s at least 40 gallons. Many owners also turn plastic children’s pools, sandboxes, and other large tubs into indoor turtle housing.

How do you make an indoor box turtle habitat?

Add lighting, plants, hiding spots and water!

  1. Try to make a “hot” and “cool” end or side in your enclosure.
  2. Keep the water away from the lighting.
  3. Attach your thermometer and hygrometer at the cool end.
  4. Make sure your box turtle has as many hiding spots as possible.
  5. Allow your turtle easy access to shallow water.

What type of enclosure do box turtles need?

The best habitat for box turtles is a large outdoor enclosure, bounded by siding, wood, bricks or cement blocks at least 18 inches high with an over hanging ledge to prevent climbing out. The pen must provide a variety of environments including sunny and shaded areas and places to hide.

How big of an enclosure does a box turtle need?

The best box turtle aquarium size is to get the biggest enclosure you can. For an outdoor enclosure, the minimum size is 4 feet in length by 4 feet in width. For an indoor habitat, the minimum size should be 3 feet in length by 1 foot in width. Substrate should be at least 3 inches deep.

Do box turtles need a heat lamp at night?

UVB Lighting is essential for Box turtles to process calcium in captivity. Without UVB lighting turtles will develop serious health problems such as Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD), abnormal shell growth and other deformities. UVB Lighting should be left on for 10-12 hours per day and turned off at night.

What bedding is best for box turtles?

Newspaper, butcher paper, paper towels, or commercially available paper-based pelleted bedding or artificial grass made for reptiles (commonly called “reptile carpet”) is recommended. Some people suggest using straw, hay, or alfalfa pellets, as box turtles like to burrow.

Do box turtles need baths?

You can either give him a bath regularly (every few days to a week) or leave water in his habitat for him to use when he wants to. Giving him constant access to water is best.

How deep should box turtles be watered?

The depth of the water should be one quarter to one third of your turtle’s shell height. Turtles often defecate in their water container, so make sure to wash and refill it daily. A daily misting is also much appreciated by box turtles.

What do you put in the bottom of a box turtle tank?

Substrate is the material that goes at the bottom of the cage. It helps hold moisture and gives the turtle plenty of opportunities to burrow. You can use peat-based potting soil mixed with orchid bark. You can also use fir bark, sphagnum moss, or pea gravel instead of orchid bark.

Do turtles need a heat lamp at night?

Many turtle owners wonder if they need to keep the light on in their turtle’s tank at night. Luckily, the answer to that is no. Your turtle will be just fine if the light is turned off during night time hours. It is actually recommended that they are exposed to a natural amount of light and darkness each day.