Welcome to the Turtle Page of the Ornate Bird Garden. I live in the American southwestern high desert, which means dry and mild-to-hot weather from May until October. Turtles here want to hibernate November through April when the temperatures range between the 40s to the 20s Fahrenheit (4 to -6 Celsius).
I have two ornate box turtles (one male and one female) and one three-toed box turtle (female, in the photo to the right). The females share one fenced-in area (4-feet by 20-feet) and the male has the run of the side-yard (7 feet by 30 feet). See My Turtles. Please visit the Turtle Photo Gallery for large photos of turtles. (You are welcome to email me your turtle photos which I will put in the gallery!)
Box Turtle Articles Index: (the titles without links are coming soon!)
Note: I can’t recommend this book highly enough. It’s available through Amazon through this link: The Box Turtle Manual (Herpetocultual Library)