As a seasoned veterinarian dedicated to the well-being of our beloved animal companions, I am often confronted with a myriad of questions from concerned pet owners seeking guidance on ensuring the longevity and vitality of their cherished companions. One query that frequently surfaces is, “How long do box turtles live?”
In the wild, Eastern box turtles (Terrapene carolina carolina) are known to have a lifespan ranging from 20 to 30 years, while some individuals have been documented to live beyond 50 years. Similarly, Three-toed box turtles (Terrapene carolina triunguis) and Ornate box turtles (Terrapene ornata) can also live for several decades.
Proper care and attention significantly impact the longevity of box turtles. When kept as pets, they can thrive for 30 years or more with the right conditions. A well-balanced diet, suitable habitat with access to both land and water, proper temperatures, and regular veterinary check-ups are crucial elements in ensuring the health and longevity of these remarkable reptiles.