Adult ornate box turtles are typically between 5 to 7 inches in length with most ornate box turtles topping out around 6 inches ornate box turtle lifespan box turtles in general have been recorded to live as long as 100 years with most living between 40 and 60 years. Hatchling and juvenile care box turtle eggs hatch at 70 140 days depending on the incubation temperature frequently the hatchlings have visible yolk sacks. Unless it is a very young hatchling ornate box turtles do best outdoors the habitat should be secure from predators including raccoons cats dogs possums and humans a variety of low shrubs for hiding trees for shade and plants for food are desirable. Hatchling box turtles are a joy to have but they require a lot of extra care and time many people have raised baby box turtles some with more success than others the important difference in raising perfectly formed strong and healthy box turtles verses weak abnormally shaped and sickly ones is devotion to their care and your continuing . Box turtle hatchling care introduction box turtles are native to north america they are also known as box tortoises although box turtles are terrestrial members of the american pond turtle family and not members of the tortoise family
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