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Daryl E Box, an adopted Eastern Box in Baltimore, MD

Daryl E Box Turtle Eastern Box Baltimore, MD

  • Adult
  • Male
  • Medium
  • Black , Orange


Meet Daryl E Box

Update 2014: Daryl has been adopted! PLEASE READ THE DESCRIPTION COMPLETELY BEFORE REQUESTING AN APPLICATION. Daryl has been adopted, but there are other male box turtles for adoption.

I am an adult male eastern box turtle for adoption in the Baltimore area.  My foster mom has been watching too much Walking Dead, because she thinks I'm like the character Daryl; I've been chewed up by life, but I still have a lot to offer.  I was chewed up by a dog, and now there's not enough marginal shell in the back for me to box up.  Like Daryl, I have no butt (actually I do, I just can't cover it now).  It looks like a dog chewed on my front marginals a long time ago, too, but that's not as noticable.  Although it would be nice if I could have a pen outside in the summer, I can't close my shell all the way due to the missing shell, so I need to stay inside in the winter.    A backyard pen should be screened in completely to keep out rats and raccoons.  It should have lots of room for exploring and digging and soaking in a water pan or shallow pond designed just for box turtles.
For my indoor winter pen, or if I'm  indoors permanently, a "turtle table" would be a good home, and it should at least 8 square feet of space, along with a substrate such as aged hardwood bark mulch, a water pan, artificial plants for hiding, and a heat light and UVB light over one end. Visit our Box Turtle section at or e-mail matts_adoptions@ to see ideas for making a table and the best article on indoor box turtle care available.To learn more about box turtles, visit or pick up a copy of Box Turtles by Tess Cook, available in most pet stores. To find instructions for a simple backyard box turtle enclosure, visit

I am eating the diet recommended here, but my foster family uses Mazuri or Zoo Med Growth Formula aquatic turtle food as the base of the diet (always soaked in water of course):   I love earthworms and strawberries, but I need variety in my diet to stay healthy.

Keep in mind that males may harass lone females to the point of illness or death, and will likely fight with other males unless you have a VERY large enclosure with lots of visual barriers and hide spots, so it's probably best if I'm a single turtle unless you have a huge backyard enclosure for the summer.

There is a $10 adoption fee for special needs box turtles. Shipping is possible IF the temperature allows it, and if adopters pay for shipping (usually $50- $100 depending on your location) and it is legal in your state to have an eastern box turtle. Local adopters pick up near downtown Baltimore, Timonium, or Parkton, MD, after being approved for adoption. Our turtles come with a no sale/no trade adoption contract, and the marginals are notched for easy visual ID.

To request an application and a picture of a simple temporary indoor enclosure, e-mail - make sure to indicate your CITY and STATE.

I cannot be adopted to GA, TN, PA, NY, or points north of PA and NY on the eastern shore due to regulations in those states. Residents of NJ, IN, and OH require a permit for EBTs. Maryland residents may require a permit. Check and for more information on owning a turtle. Like turtles but can't have one? Want to help? MATTS accepts tax-deductable donations at MATTS, P.O. Box 22321, Baltimore, MD 21203. Rescue is funded by donations only, and we find homes for over 100 animals a year.

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