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Anonymous asked in PetsReptiles · 2 months ago

What size tank is required to house a baby box turtle?

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  • Darby
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    The habitat should be large enough to allow for both a warm end and a cooler end so your turtle can move around within it to regulate its body temperature. Lights should be mounted over one end of the enclosure to create a warm basking area. 

    I agree with oikoo that glass tanks aren't the best choice for box turtles. They overheat very quickly, have poor air circulation, and are stressful to turtles who may constantly try to get through the glass. Better housing options are a large Rubbermaid storage container or a "tortoise table," which is just a topless wooden "box" with lots of floor space. You can build one out of an old bookcase laid on its back with the shelves removed.

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  • oikoσ
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    You don't want a tank. Build or buy a "tortoise table". It should be at least large enough to hold a small paint-roller tray of water, sunken flush with the substrate. You will eventually need a larger table.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Ten gallows would be fine. Even 5 gallons is okay.

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  • 2 months ago

    I believe 1 gallon per inch of shell for all turtles, but maybe you should look at something that isn’t clear because it can stress box turtles out. I mean always trying to get out and super anxious. I kept mine in a shallow plastic storage container and covered the sides with construction paper. 

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    A Leopard 2A7 would do nicely 

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