Gulf Coast Box Turtle for sale
Gulf Coast Box Turtle Babies for sale
Species: Terrapene major
Origin: Captive Bred
Size: Approximately 1.5-2 inches. Adults reaching up to 5 inches
Natural Range: Eastern United States
Food: Turtle pellets
Lifespan: Up to 35-50 years in captivity with proper care
Reproduction Timetable of Gulf Coast Box Turtle (Terrapene major):
- Spring Emergence (March-April):
- As temperatures start to rise, Gulf Coast Box Turtles emerge from hibernation or winter brumation.
- Males become more active and begin searching for potential mates.
- Courtship behavior and mating occur during this period.
- Nesting Season (April-July):
- Female Gulf Coast Box Turtles start preparing for nesting by searching for suitable nesting sites.
- Nesting sites are typically located in sandy or loose soil, often near water bodies.
- The female digs a hole in the ground using her hind legs and deposits her eggs in the nest.
- The average clutch size is around 3-6 eggs, although it can vary.
- After laying the eggs, the female covers the nest with soil to protect it.
- Incubation Period (60-90 days):
- The eggs remain buried in the nest, undergoing incubation.
- Incubation duration depends on environmental factors such as temperature and humidity.
- Warmer temperatures generally result in shorter incubation periods.
- Hatchling Emergence (June-September):
- After the incubation period, the hatchlings begin to emerge from the nest.
- The young turtles dig their way out of the soil and make their way to the surface.
- They are typically small and vulnerable at this stage.
- Once emerged, the hatchlings disperse into their natural habitat.
- Growth and Development (June-September):
- The young Gulf Coast Box Turtles experience rapid growth during the summer months.
- They feed on a variety of food sources, including insects, worms, snails, and vegetation.
- As they grow, they develop their characteristic domed shell and distinct markings.
- Maturation (3-7 years):
- Gulf Coast Box Turtles reach sexual maturity at different ages, typically between 3-7 years.
- Maturity can depend on factors such as genetics, diet, and environmental conditions.
- Annual Reproductive Cycle:
- Gulf Coast Box Turtles follow an annual reproductive cycle, with breeding and nesting occurring each year.
- Mating and nesting activities are generally influenced by seasonal changes and environmental cues.
It's important to note that the specific timing of these reproductive events can vary depending on geographic location, local climate, and individual turtle behavior. The timetable provided serves as a general guideline for the reproductive cycle of Gulf Coast Box Turtles (Terrapene major).