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Yesterday on the way home from school, we found an ornate box turtle walking in the middle of the street (a busy, busy street!). So, we rescued him... brought him home and looked up info on the net.

I have NO CLUE how to go about making a home for him... all the info I've found are for enclosures for many turtles. I was thinking of using a wire dog crate for a X-Large dog as the enclosure, putting in soil, plants, water, etc. but I'm not sure if that's appropriate or not.

I want to get something put together today before the poor thing stresses out (I have him in a laundry basket with a framed poster on the top so he can't climb out LOL.

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Hi!
First you need to find out what kind he is for sure so you can give him everything he needs
I'll check back later...

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he's an ornate box turtle... nthat's all i can tell lolol.

thanks!!

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http://www.boxturtlesite.org/bxbook.html

Here is a pretty good web site about them

I love turtles! One of my friends gave me a turtle he found walking around his apt. complex and thought it was a box turtle, but it was a slider & in very poor condition when he gave it to me, so I just wanted to make sure what kind it was! (sliders need water) Good luck with your turtle, San Deigo has good conditions for him/her

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Well, we put our little friend (whom my ds named "Lucky Roadkill" LOLOL) into a large rabbit cage for a few days and I felt so badly for him... so I made him a "habitat" in one of our planters in the backyard. He now has a 5' x 8' space with grass, plants, a huge water dish and access to tons of snails, slugs, worms, etc.... we've found he REALLY likes canteloup and apples. DS's are having a blast watching him. Unfortunately, our dog thinks he is a toy.... so I'm keeping her in the house until I can "roof" the habitat to keep the dog out...

Thanks for the support!

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That sounds do cool! Our turtles love shreaded carrots, well, they just love food in general...

Good luck with Lucky Roadkill :LOL

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