The idea of BoxTurtleSite.Info and most of its content were created by box turtle lover Tess Cook. In addition to keeping and breeding box turtles herself, Tess is also campaigning for box turtle conservation. Furthermore, she is also maintaining the email list BoxTurtleList (sign up through this link).
But since it is hard to explain Tess’ devotion towards box turtles from a human’s perspective, we will let her box turtle give a short introduction:
That is the old woman that takes care of us in the picture to the right. We keep her really hopping with our demands for more worms, fresh water and new shrubs. We hate her shrubs and always dig in the roots and turn the ugly, old things brown and make them die. We want rocks and logs to dig under but the old woman is afraid they will shift and smash us–like we can’t handle a little old rock, HA! We box turtles are tough and have done fine without the old woman’s or anyone else’s help for as long as there’s been dinosaurs! Who does she think she is, our mother? And we don’t like the old woman’s mouth either. I mean, what are those white things when she smiles? They scare us. Wish she’d lose them.
But we do like the fat waxworms and soft, white mealworms the old woman gets for us. I don’t think we could order them ourselves. And I guess we like having the seeds taken out of our fruits, and the nice, warm baths she gives us. But hey, we deserve good treatment because we are the center that the sun revolves around! If we didn’t get up every morning, the sun wouldn’t come up to greet us. And if we don’t go to sleep, that sun would shine all day and make things pretty hot around here. That old woman better not complain the next time she gets the vet bill for our yearly worm screening or we just may sleep in all day and we’ll see how she likes walking around in the dark, bumping into things all day!– Tess Cook’s box turtles
Tess is also actively working on the conservation of endangered box turtle species and has also been published on the ReptileChannel.
We hope you will be able to find lots of helpful information about box turtles on this website.
In this section, you can find some cute pictures of box turtles and baby box turtles. If you have some box turtle photos you would like us to include in this site, just send them to our email address [email protected] and we will be happy to include them.
Also don’t hesitate to send us an email or get in touch through the contact form if you have any other tips, tricks or general questions.