You must provide a naturalistic outdoor enclosure to adopt an animal from CTTR.
Most box turtles are woodland/forest species, so your enclosure should be heavily planted and watered regularly in order to give your new family member plenty of options for turtle-safe browsing and to provide more options for thermoregulation. Box turtles are truly omnivores and will readily consume plant matter, including leaves, fruit and roots, as well as small vertebrates, arthropods and earthworms. We order a couple thousand worms each year and re-stock the enclosure with them to encourage natural hunting, and sometimes we’ll throw a whole pumpkin or other vegetable into the enclosure and let the worms and turtles work together to compost it. Your enclosure should have plenty of places to hide and a clean water dish should always be provided – we really like to use heavy duty paint trays because they’re shallow enough to be safe and easy for the animals to get in and out of. We also encourage you to top the corners of the enclosure with something to prevent your new buddy from spidermanning right up and out.
Box turtles have been documented to live over 100 years in captivity, so as with any pet turtle or tortoise we strongly encourage you to discuss this decision with your family and plan for the animal’s care when you are no longer able to take care of it. Let’s be real: it’s probably going to outlive you and me.
If you can provide an amazing forever-home to one of these box turtles, please fill out the adoption application below. Your application will be reviewed after you e-mail photos of your outdoor habitat/enclosure to krista “at” texastortoiserescue “dot” com. The picture of your enclosure should include a newspaper, piece of mail, post it note with your name/today’s date or something similar so that we can verify the photos haven’t been borrowed from the interwebs.