Hatchling and juvenile care box turtle eggs hatch at 70 140 days depending on the incubation temperature frequently the hatchlings have visible yolk sacks they may stay in the egg shell absorbing yolk for up to 5 days most live off the yolk for a few weeks during this time they show no interest in food housing. Optimizing the conditions for your ornate box turtle will lead to a long and healthy life ornate box turtle caging hatchling ornate box turtles can be kept in plastic shoebox sized enclosures with a large extremely shallow food and water dish large enough to soak in shallow so they dont drown. Please note that catching buying or keeping a wild caught ornate box turtle or a captive raised ornate box turtle without the proper documentation may be illegal in your area the ornate box turtle is one of the most difficult species of north american turtle to successfully care for in captivity. Hatchling and juvenile ornate box turtles are highly carnivorous preferred live foods include worms snails slugs beetles crickets grasshoppers and grubs ornate box turtles even as adults are slightly more carnivorous than other box turtles as they get older ornates will eat plants and fruits
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