Look What I Got Today, Love That Lil Face

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He/She is a character, lol. Was eating a strawberry out of my hand within 30 minutes of being here. Not sure what type boxie he is. I got it off craigslist. Just thd boxie and a ten gallon aquarium with no substrate. :(
If anyone knows what kind it is or if its male or female please let me know. Little fella seems healthy, smooth shell. However i think his beak is a little long. The person i got him from said it was a year old. But i tend to think hes older like three or so? Its 5 and a quarter inches long. Thanks in advance for your help.

And i immediatly gave him/her a 15 min babyfood soak just to be on the safeside. I know realistically it should be hibernating now its been freezing here. But its active and eating so i guess no hibernating this year since im not sure how healthy it really is.

This is my first boxie any info appreciated.
 

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RE: Look What I Got

They are pretty cool, I had 5 of those guys and its pretty neat to watch the behavior. Give him some live food like pinky mice or snails or slugs, They go crazy for them
 

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Im hoping to find out what kind of boxie he/she is. Its so sociable,just walks right up to you eats from my hand and appears to be quite nosey. Lol so cute
 

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What a cutie! I don't have any box turtles but I am planning to get a few. A pair just came up on my local Craigslist I may take a look at. I was really trying to wait for spring but that's what I get for looking at Craigslist. Congrats on your new box turtle.
 

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That is an ornate box turtle. Not even close to one year old or three years old. I'd say that is an adult several years old. Cutie!
 

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I used to breed box turtles and it looks like a eastern or an ornate box turtle to me. :)
 

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No response on redfoots. :( Not sure what happened. Does anyone know if the ornate is male or female?
 

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Maria, this is an eastern box turtle that's an adult already. If the plastron is flat, it's female. Males have a concaved plastron. With these guys, a male's plastron is very pronounced. I found two boxies that looked just like yours. They certainly are characters Lol
 

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Thank you Ms Sibi will you please chk other thread regardi.g if itsale or fe male for me. I know its captive bred. Not shy at all and beak is in need of a trim. Thanks
 

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Wow. I will never get this right.
That looks more like an Ornate than an Eastern box turtle to me... :/

Also, its tail looks thick at the base, more like a male BT, but that's just my 1 cent worth, lol

Glad you got him/her! Box turtles are wonderful, I recently adopted a female Ornate.
 

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Heres a couple more pics at different angles.

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And one more because its soo dang cute. :D

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I was hoping it was an ornate. :) think they are beautiful. The head has a really pretty green color. My camera takes awful pics.
 
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This is an ornate box turtle, not an eastern.
 

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Definitely an ornate. I'd say female based on the overall shape of the shell and feet.
 

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Thank you all. Are ornates as difficult to keep as ive read? I would love to keep her but i only have a 6x6 garden area left available for when tbe weather warms up. How big of an area would she need? I k.ow thetes lots of boxie keepers here. :D
 

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I'm with you- every site I read says Ornates are not for beginners. :0
While I have had Russians for awhile, this is quite different.

I think 6x6 is fine for one BT, if it is in part shade in your area of the country (or plant a shrub or two). It should be well drained, and protected from fire ants, etc.
From what I understand, Ornates like to bask in the am and later afternoon more than Easterns, for example, but do rely on moist cool spots as well to burrow into.

I would be interested to hear what others have to say!
 
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