New Pond Farm 2023


Eastern Box Turtle

This species of tortoise is native to the Eastern United States ranging from southern Maine to Florida along the East Coast, and west to Michigan, Illinois, eastern Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas and can live to be over 100 years old.

These omnivorous eat snails, insects, berries, fungi, slugs, worms, roots, flowers, fish, frogs, salamanders, snakes, birds, and eggs indiscriminately. Their preference varies greatly by season but there is one definite trend, the young are primarily carnivorous while they grow during their first five to six years. Adults are mostly herbivorous, but they eat no green leaves.
– Here we feed ours lettuce and earth worms

In the northern regions, box turtles go into hibernation in October or November, but farther south they remain active later in the year.