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For housing, a glass aquarium is not a good idea for the Ornate Box Turtle. They will do well in an enclosed area outside, as long as the plants are wisely chosen. They also do well in a large indoor terrarium. For ground material, use peat-based potting compost and it is preferable to have it mixed with sphagnum moss. It should be at least three to four inches. Always be aware that they have plenty of shade and that the tank does not become too dry. They should have a tray of water in which they can soak and temperatures should remain in between 80 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit in the basking area and at 70 degrees Fahrenheit in a cooler area. Ornate Box Turtles are omnivores, eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables such as grapes, berries, cantaloupe, bananas, yellow squash, and tomatoes to name a few.

Breeding
The Ornate Box Turtle mating can occur throughout the active season, but is generally most successful in late summer. They will reach sexual maturity between the ages of one and two years. The male will use his claw on his hind feet to hold the female in proper position. In June, female turtles will dig their nest holes, usually in sandy areas, lay two to eight eggs and then cover the nest. Eggs will incubate for about 55 to 70 days. Hatchlings are about nickel sized.

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