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Hey folks! I sincerely hope everyone enjoyed their time in Daytona. I wanted to go this year but my doctor told me she’d break my legs if I did, so that kinda put a snafu in those plans! It also looks like we just might make the deadline for finances for this year’s server costs. We’re right at the last week and we’re only a few bucks shy, so if you plan on donating or becoming a Premier Member – now would be a good time :)

I’m going to be taking the forum offline this weekend for a major upgrade. So, don’t think that things went south forum-wise in the unlikely event that the forum isn’t back online Sunday morning. Just know that all is going well for the forum, it’s just that not all is going well technically for the forum. But, as usual, I won’t rest until it’s back up and 98% operational. By 98% I mean that ~ang-cnsrd search function whose attitude continues to elude me and some of the better technical folks I’ve spoken with. I’m hopeful that this issue will be resolved (or at least resolvable) with the latest update. I’m also hopeful that I’ll win the lottery and we see how far that’s gotten me. But, we’ll see.

Other than that, I’m hoping to be able to come back and get back into the groove of things, but time (and health) will tell. Admin and Staff have done a FANTASTIC job in keeping you guys and gals taken care of and keeping the forum up and running. I want to say a special thanks to Kent, Dawn and Lynbob for continually keeping me updated, taking care of everything that I use to take care of and for basically keeping this place afloat in my extended absence. ALL Staff and Admin have done an awesome job, so my thanks goes out to all of them.

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Terrapene carolina carolina

Photo by Billy (Acutus)

Description: Medium-sized steeply domed land-based turtle designed mainly for protection rather than speed, and for crawling around on land rather than swimming into water (though they wade into water bodies and like to soak). The carapace and plastron are extensive and very strong; the plastron has a single hinge and can close very tightly against the carapace, sealing the turtle in so well only the shell is visible (unless the animal is too obese). The skin tends to have a dark base color (i.e.: somewhat olive) but variably extensive yellow or orange spotting or blotching may pattern, or almost completely obscure, the dark base color. Appearance varies wildly, particularly in males. Like the skin, the carapace tends to have a dark (i.e.: olive to black) base color, coated with variably extensive yellow (or somewhat orange) irregular markings (i.e.: streaks) and The anterior forelegs have large scales. Gender Discrimination: Males tend to have lighter irises (light orange to bright red), whereas females’ irises are darker/browner. Males also tend to have brighter, more elaborate coloration/patterning of the face and forelegs. Size: ~ 4 – 6” SCL.

Native Range: Eastern U.S. - from the East Coast westward to east Texas and Oklahoma, and from extreme northern Florida northwards up to Massachusetts and Michigan.

Native Habitat: A terrestrial species of fields, woodlands and roadsides often found near forest edges. Areas often have substantial grasses or leaf litter. The patterned skin and shell camouflage well against a tall, dense grassy or a leaf litter background.

Pro.s: Mainly land-based care lends itself to ease of care in large outdoor pens in native range or comparable climate, if you can provide for outdoor hibernation. Can be kept in groups (but males may fight & sexual harassment can be problematic). Fairly personable as turtles go. Omnivorous diet lets keepers enjoy them as predators (whereas with most tortoises one need observe near strict herbivory). Eastern Box Turtles have a much better reputation as pets than Ornate Box Turtles (which are slightly smaller but reputedly problem-prone in captivity), and have a more ornate carapace than 3-Toed Box Turtles (which are otherwise quite similar, just drabber looking).

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: Terrestrial animals can’t ‘swim’ in air, so enclosure space utilization is much more limited than with a water turtle. They preferentially pass waste while soaking, fouling their water. Poor water quality can lead to health problems (i.e.: ear abscesses), but water containers shallow enough to pose no drowning risk can be hard to filter, and containers with gradual slope to aid entry and exit are harder to find – so the ‘soaking pond’ setup may require thought and engineering. Enclosure humidity levels are important. The enclosure will need a substrate of some sort, ideally offering different ‘microclimates’ (i.e: an area of peat moss frequently moistened for a higher humidity area). Hatchlings and young juveniles are very shy/timid, slow and awkward, often won’t eat readily even when presented with live prey, prefer to stay hidden and can get over-stressed (keep your hands off!). Growth is slow. Box turtles have a reputation for being prone to attempt hibernation in captivity even indoors when kept warm, which can be problematic (& I would guess more an issue with older wild-caughts). Box turtles sold in pet stores are almost always wild-caughts, which are apt to have parasites and are reputedly fairly often don’t adapt optimally to captivity. Popular wisdom holds box turtles are prone to persistently try to walk through clear-walled enclosures (i.e.: aquariums). Eastern Box Turtles are legally protected (ownership requiring a permit or outlawed) in much of their natural range at the state law level.

Special Notes: North American Box Turtles are not a good ‘beginner turtle’ for most and are sadly far more common in the pet hobby than they should be, mainly wild-caught adults in the hands of the ignorant public (i.e.: often snatched from the wild to be a child's pet; most kids soon find them very boring). They are actually a fairly challenging animal to maintain. You forego the hassles of large water filters and submersible heaters used on aquatic setups, but must contend with enclosure humidity levels, providing and periodically cleaning substrate, and somehow providing consistently clean, fairly shallow water with easy entry & exit.

Additional Resources:

-----A.) Austin's Turtle Page Care Sheet on Eastern Box Turtles.
-----B.) Turtles of the World (C.H. Ernst, R.G.M. Altenburg & R.W. Barbour) - ETI World Biodiversity Database Online - Common Box Turtle entry (covers some other subspecies, too).
-----C.) World of Turtles Photo Gallery on Eastern Box Turtles.
-----D.) The Box Turtle Manual - by Philipp De Vosjoli. A care guide.
-----E.) North American Box Turtles, a Natural History - C. Kenneth Dodd. Useful for understanding their natural history.
-----F.) Your First Land-based Turtle - how to choose one.

Similar Species: 3-Toed Box Turtles have drab carapaces but are otherwise similar. Ornate Box Turtles are a bit smaller, lean more toward carnivory and are allegedly much more problem-prone in captivity. Gulf Coast Box Turtles are less ornate, substantially larger & originate from the warm southeast - not a good outdoor hibernation candidate in much of the U.S. Florida Box Turtles are ornate/beautiful and almost exclusively occur in Florida so not a good choice for outdoor hibernation in much of the U.S. Many people think tortoises are ‘similar’ to box turtles, but box turtles look different, spend more time in water than some tortoises, and are strongly omnivorous.

Happy Halloween from Beaky
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Thanks to Tom and Kent our maintenance has been finished for the night. The forum wont be going offline tonight as planned though. Next weekend we will be offline for a bit to do an upgrade. We will let you know more when it gets closer so all you TF addicts can plan something to do during our down time. ~aw-flwr

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