Box turtles are very common in the United States, especially in the East. The turtles are relatively small, reaching a maximum length of eight inches. These turtles grow very slowly, usually taking as long as eight or ten years to reach sexual maturity, at which time they might be seven inches in length. Box turtles are long-lived, too, and are capable of achieving fifty years. Twenty-five years is more common, however.
Box turtles make good pets, but they do require special care in order to remain healthy and happy. Although some owners choose a glass aquarium as their turtle’s home, this isn’t a good choice.
For one thing, it’s too small, and for another, the clear sides of the aquarium create problems themselves. Box turtles like privacy at times, and being “on display” 24/7 can make some individuals nervous. Another problem with glass is that a turtle might worry itself constantly with trying to claw through the clear enclosure.