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Need Info On Box Turtle Care

Discussion in 'American box turtles' started by Cactusflwr1, May 15, 2019.

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  1. Cactusflwr1

    Cactusflwr1 New Member

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    Hi! I am new to the forum and still learning how to navigate it. I have an eastern box turtle my son rescued a few years ago. Shes a tripod and was the size of a bottle cap when he found her on a bridge. I am using the coconut substrate and wandered how often I should change it. Also I have been feeding her the canned box food from petco mixed with fresh veggies and some fish pate style cat food. I have tried freeze dried mealworms, fresh earth worms, meal worms and the typical box mix food. She isnt fond of it and the main reason she wasnt thriving for months. I recently read somewhere that we shouldn't supplement with canned dog or pet food. If that's true, any ideas of what other protein sources she may like?
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    Hi and welcome! I don't change my substrate. I use small kibble orchid bark. Cypress mulch is good too. I don't like the coco coir because it's messy, but many people use and like it. At the end of the season I scrap everything and start over with fresh in the Spring.

    I also have baby tortoises, and they eat chopped up greens and vegetables. I use this same food mixture for the box turtles, only I add the juice from a can of cat food to 'flavor' the greens and make them eat them.
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    Yes, Moisture is key. For food info, check the link in my signature.
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