Three-Toed Box Turtle-3 inch
Size: The smallest of the box turtle species rarely grows beyond 5 inches, with larger females reaching 7 inches in total length. Compared to other box turtles, this box turtle is not very colorful. There is a single hinge on the plastron, this hinge is the reason for the common name of box turtle. It allows them to completely close themselves into their shell for complete defense.
Caging: The captive environment for the three-toed box turtle is outdoors, they need a lot of space, the more the better. They like to roam and search around for food as well. The inclosure should be heavily planted with native plants, which will provide a great deal of shade (remember these turtles like shade and cool temperatures). As well started turtles, a concrete mixing tub can be an ideal starting enclosure. A small hide substrate 30% top soil and the rest orchid moss, make sure to keep damp.
Diet: They are ravenous feeders that will eat virtually any type of animal protein as well as plant matter. They will readily accept live insects such as mealworms and earthworms as well as pre killed mice and turtle pellet. Feed box turtles daily and if kept outdoors calcium and vitamin supplements are not necessary as long as they receive exposure to natural sunlight.
Water: Soak three times a week for 15 minutes, while soaking they can be feed floating pellets. Place a small shallow bowl of water that they can climb in and out inside their enclosure.
Handling: Once box turtles feel established they will reveal themselves when it is feeding time by running across the enclosure, that's one of the most rewarding feelings as a turtle owner.