Please read the following before requesting an application. Many of your questions will be answered below.
I'm a captive bred, one year old eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) for adoption in the Baltimore, MD, area. I'm about 2-3" long, but that's still too small to tell if I'm a boy or girl. I'll need to be 4" before you can tell if I'm a boy or girl. I can be adopted with one of my siblings, but there's no guarantee that we'll get along in a year or two (turtles are individuals and can be jerks to each other some times).
For now, a Rubbermaid tote with a screen over one end to hold a heat and UVB light would be good.
When I'm full grown, for my indoor winter pen, or if I'm indoors permanently, a "turtle table" would be a good home, and it should at least 8 square feet of space, along with a substrate such as aged hardwood bark mulch, a water pan, artificial plants for hiding, and a heat light and UVB light over one end. Visit matts-turtles.org or e-mail email@example.com to see ideas for temporary housing. This link shows you how to make an inexpensive indoor habitat from a book case. http://nebula.wsimg.com/53c57892d611153a60ef8bde1be11925?AccessKeyId=A3E784782F81D21389AD&disposition=0&alloworigin=1
A backyard pen should be screened in completely to keep out rats and raccoons. It should have lots of room for exploring and digging and soaking in a water pan or shallow pond designed just for box turtles. Next winter I can hibernate outside, but I need to stay indoors this winter because I've been indoors for several months now, and won't have time to acclimate before hibernation this winter.
To learn more about box turtles, visit http://www.boxturtlesite.org/ or pick up a copy of Box Turtles by Tess Cook, available in most pet stores or on-line. To find instructions for a simple backyard box turtle enclosure, visit http://www.billsboxturtles.com
I am eating the diet recommended here, but my foster family uses Mazuri or Zoo Med Growth Formula aquatic turtle food as the base of the diet (always soaked in water of course): http://www.boxturtlefacts.org/Feeding_North_American_Box_Turtles.pdf
I love earthworms and strawberries, but I need variety in my diet to stay healthy.
Keep in mind that males may harass lone females to the point of illness or death, and will likely fight with other males unless you have a VERY large enclosure with lots of visual barriers and hide spots,.
There's a $25 adoption fee. Local adopters pick up by appointment in Baltimore, MD, on week days or in Parkton, MD, on weekends, after being approved for adoption. Our turtles come with a no sale/no trade adoption contract, and the edge of the shell is notched for easy visual ID.
To request an application, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org - make sure to INCLUDE YOUR CITY and STATE.
I cannot be adopted to GA, PA, or points north of PA on the eastern shore due to regulations in those states, although you can have a box turtle in CT. NY residents would need a special educational permit from the DEC to keep a box turtle. Residents of NJ, IN, and OH require a permit for EBTs. Maryland residents would require a permit, because it's illegal to keep a turtle under 4" in Maryland without a DNR Captive Reptile permit. Please do NOT get a MD or NJ permit until approved to adopt me, but do read this if in MD. https://dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Pages/Licenses/captive.aspx
Like turtles but can't have one? Want to help? MATTS accepts tax-deductible donations at MATTS, P.O. Box 22321, Baltimore, MD 21203, or through PayPal at http://www.matts-turtles.org/support.html.
Rescue is funded by donations only, and we find homes for over 100 animals a year.
August 31, 2020