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Jenkins E Box Turtle Eastern Box Baltimore, MD

  • Adult
  • Male
  • Medium
  • Brown, Tan


Curious, Knows when foods coming, NOT shy

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Meet Jenkins E Box

Edit Summer 2021: I was adopted to a wonderful home where I have an outdoor pen after living indoors for 13 years! I'm loving life under the hosta plants. MATTS still has more box turtles like me for adoption, though.

Please read the following before requesting an application. Many of your questions will be answered below.

I'm an adult male eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) who was for adoption in the Baltimore, MD, area. I'm about 6" long and 23+ years old. I'm for adoption because the kids grew up and moved away. I've been living indoors for the last 13 years, but I can probably hibernate outside this coming winter, if I'm in an outdoor pen starting in summer. I'd make a good family pet, because I'm used to interacting with a family. Like most turtles, I don't like being held, though.

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 or e-mail to see ideas for temporary housing. This link shows you how to make an inexpensive indoor habitat from a book case.

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.

To learn more about box turtles, visit or pick up a copy of Box Turtles by Tess Cook, available in some pet stores or on-line. 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 until soft, of course):
I love earthworms and plain baked sweet potato, 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's a $35 adoption fee. Local adopters pick up by appointment in Baltimore or Timonium, MD, on week days or in Parkton, MD, on weekends, after being approved for adoption. Our turtles come with a no sale/no trade adoption contract, and the edge of the shell is notched for easy visual ID.
TO REQUEST AN APPLICATION, e-mail - make sure to indicate your CITY AND STATE.

I cannot be adopted to GA, PA, or points north of PA on the eastern shore due to regulations in those states, although you can have a box turtle in CT. NY residents would need a special educational permit from the DEC to keep a box turtle. Residents of NJ, IN, and OH require a permit for EBTs. Maryland residents may require a permit IF they already have an eastern box turtle. If I'm your only eastern box turtle, then you don't need a permit in Maryland.
In NJ, visit
For MD (only if you will have more than one eastern box turtle), visit

Like turtles but can't have one? Want to help? MATTS accepts tax-deductible donations at MATTS, P.O. Box 341, Highland, MD 20777, or through PayPal at
Rescue is funded by donations only, and we find homes for over 100 animals a year.

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Jenkins E Box

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  • Eastern Box
  • Adult
  • Male