Size length to 35cm Environment arid, open prairie areas. Female lays clutch of 2 - 8 eggs. The thing is, box turtles aren’t going to be swimming in a lot of deep water, so using gallons as a metric isn’t entirely useful. March 29, 2015 Jonathan DuHamel. Their shells are a bit lighter and their skin and head coloring tends to be brighter than Ornate Box Turtles. We have fresh hatchling baby 3 striped mud turtles for sale as well as 6 month old well started baby 3 stripe mud turtle for sale (highly recommend over more fragile hatchlings. Desert Box Turtles. You can also recognize a male if you see him “fanning.” This is a display of his penis, usually in water or wet grass. The desert box is one of two subspecies of the Western Box turtle (Terrapene ornata). The desert box turtle is similar in appearance to the ornate box turtle. If you do not know what a box turtle is, they are named after their smaller cousins that live in the dry places. Young turtles hatch after about seventy days. Facts about Box Turtles 8: the eggs of box turtles. Being taken from their home can be a stressful experience if their every need is not met. Box turtles are the turtles of the desert. On average, box turtles can live around 50 years. They can only survive for a short while without water. Come check us out! Box turtles spend the vast majority of their time hiding under the sand or rocks, only coming out at night to find water or food. Desert box turtle – picture by Sean O’Connor. Terrapene ornata luteola. Our site offers Live Tortoises and Turtles for sale as well as caging, heating, lighting and feeding supplies. The length of the eggs is around 2 till4 cm. Desert Box Turtles hibernate in winter, and emerge again around April. They have a strong connection to the location where they are born, rarely traveling far from it. I would strongly recommend that you follow this rule of thumb for the size of your indoor box turtle habitat: 3 feet (36 inches) long / ~91 centimeters. Facts about Box Turtles 7: the life span. A desert box turtle prefers arid areas with loose soil for digging burrows. There are several species of box turtles. A healthy box turtle will have a good weight, and will react when picked up either by struggling to escape or by hastily withdrawing into its shell. The hind claws of a male box turtle are usually shorter, thicker and more curved than those of a female. However, the desert box turtle is more yellowish in color. The one common to Arizona is Terrapene ornata and is variously called the Desert Box Turtle, the Ornate Box Turtle, and the Western Ornate Box Turtle. Like Ornates, Desert Box Turtles have both the high contrast and the faded & spotted patterned shell colors. These turtles, which grow up to about six inches long, are called box turtles because the lower shell (plastron) is hinged which allows the turtle to … Desert Box Turtle for sale. Box turtles do best in a turtle-safe outdoor pen that mimics their natural environment, as long as temperatures don’t fall below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The weight of box turtle eggs is around 5 to 100 grams. They are oblong and flexible. Desert Box Turtles are the Western sub species of Ornate Box Turtles. Breeding Nesting season is from May to July. The pen should have walls that are at least 18 inches tall with an overhang to prevent the turtle from climbing out. In ornate males, the first toe on the hind leg turns in. We have several captive bred Three-striped Mud turtles for sale. 1 foot (12 … The two subspecies are: Desert box turtle, Terrapene ornata luteola and Ornate box turtle, Terrapene ornata ornata. Located in Pheonix, Arizona we supply a variety of Tortoises and Turtles to hobbyists as well as professional breeders. Box turtles are quite fragile in captivity. Box turtles have a hinged plastron (under-shell) which allows them to close up tightly inside their shells. 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