Eastern Box Turtle

(Terrapene carolina carolina)

Reptiles Alive Name: “R2D2”

Hissstory: We received R2D2 after she was hit by a car. We were able to save her life and heal most of her wounds. Her lower jaw, however, was so badly damaged that she can now eat only soft food – so she became non-releasable and was added to our education collection.

RA Diet: All of R2’s food comes finely chopped or blended. She gets a mixture of pureed: berries, melons, worms, slugs, and special zoo turtle food that is soaked in water until it is soft and mushy for her.

Natural Diet: Wild box turtles will eat just about anything! Fruit, berries, slugs, snails,insects, worms, mushrooms, baby mice, and carrion are all part of a box turtle’s diet.

Range: Eastern Box turtles range in the eastern United States from New York south to Florida and west into Texas. Eastern box turtles are native to the DC metro area.

Habitat: Box turtles may be found in forests, moist meadows, and suburban parks and yards.

Size: Box turtles grow 6-8 inches long. Females tend to grow larger than males.

Lifespan: Box turtles can live over 50 years – the record is 138 years!

Reproduction: Females nest May through July, laying 3-8 eggs. Female box turtles can store sperm for several years. Hatchlings may winter in the nest then emerge in the spring.

Conservation: Box turtles are protected in most states and should not be collected as pets from the wild. Due to their slow rate of reproduction, when adult box turtles are removed from the wild either by collection for the pet trade or death by automobiles, the entire local population of turtles can be threatened.
It is also important not to relocate box turtles. They have a small home range or territory where they spend their life. Turtles relocated by well-meaning but uninformed people have difficulty finding food, water, and shelter. The survival rate for relocated box turtles is very low.
If you see a box turtle, the best thing for you to do is just leave turtles alone.

Cool Fact: The reason box turtles are called “box” turtles is because they have a unique ability to close their bottom shell up to their top shell – they close up like a box! Most turtles can tuck their heads and limbs inside their shell, but most cannot fully close up like box turtles can. So remember, they are not boxing turtles (they don’t punch and kick!), they are called box turtles.

“The educator was terrific! Her facts were just right for our 6-7 year olds – they LOVED her. Thanks again, it was wonderful!” – Alison Pion, Mom, Washington, D.C.

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"It was fantastic and the whole party was into it. Tony was truly a wonderful educational presenter."

Rachel Karnes, Mom, Potomac Falls VA

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Rachel Karnes, Mom, Potomac Falls VA

"It was fantastic and the whole party was into it. Tony was truly a wonderful educational presenter."

"Thank you! The information provided to the kids was so educational and fun. I am a homeschool mom and the way the material was presented...

Patty Coote, Mom, Herndon VA

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2016-11-16T17:28:52+00:00

Patty Coote, Mom, Herndon VA

"Thank you! The information provided to the kids was so educational and fun. I am a homeschool mom and the way the material was presented felt like we were at a fun event! The parents even remarked that they learned something. My son has a lifetime memory because of your program."

"Thank you for an incredible birthday party! All of the children had a wonderful experience. Caroline was so easy to work with and Tony did...

Marcie Blackstone, Mom, Clarksburg MD

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Marcie Blackstone, Mom, Clarksburg MD

"Thank you for an incredible birthday party! All of the children had a wonderful experience. Caroline was so easy to work with and Tony did a great job presenting to the kids!"

"Liz was great. She was prompt, organized, knowledgeable, friendly and fun. Having her do the show in our home was effortless, entertaining, and overall a...

Tammy Berkon, Mom, Alexandria VA

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Tammy Berkon, Mom, Alexandria VA

"Liz was great. She was prompt, organized, knowledgeable, friendly and fun. Having her do the show in our home was effortless, entertaining, and overall a wonderful experience for everyone!"

"I loved it so much. They teach you about the animals and you get to touch them! Rachel did a really wonderful job" 

Birthday girl and Mom, Chantilly VA

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Birthday girl and Mom, Chantilly VA

"I loved it so much. They teach you about the animals and you get to touch them! Rachel did a really wonderful job" 

"I am so glad we hired Reptiles Alive for my son's birthday. CobraCaroline and all her reptiles were a huge hit! All the kids loved...

Elizabeth Poppi, Mom, Reston VA

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Elizabeth Poppi, Mom, Reston VA

"I am so glad we hired Reptiles Alive for my son's birthday. CobraCaroline and all her reptiles were a huge hit! All the kids loved it! Even those who seemed a little reluctant were reaching out to pe the animals at the end. Caroline's energy and enthusiasm was contagious and we couldn't have asked for more!"

"The program was outstanding. Caroline was so knowledgeable and was able to teach the children at their level. She handled the animals very professionally and...

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Joan L. Mancuso, Director Potomac Nursery School

"The program was outstanding. Caroline was so knowledgeable and was able to teach the children at their level. She handled the animals very professionally and the hands on experience for the children was well received. I would highly recommend this program--both for our age group (3-4 yr olds) and for elementary school children."
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