Flower Special Needs: Monitor for reoccurrence of prolapse, not safe to be bred Notes: Not appropriate for Flower to hibernate until 2018 Care Sheet: http://boxturtlefacts.org http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Care/cs-easternboxie.htm https://boxturtle.uncg.edu/educational_materials/infographics/ http://www.infoturtle.com/box-turtle-care/ NOTE: The care for an Eastern 'boxie' and a Gulf Coast box turtle are the same. Enclosure Size: Minimum size for an outdoor enclosure (ideal set up for Gulf Coast Box Turtles) for one adult is 4 feet by 4 feet. The enclosure must be escape proofed and predator proof. Please read the Care Sheet (link above) for specifics. Life Expectancy: 80-100 years ***These turtles are rescues. We GENERALLY DO NOT KNOW THE AGE OF OUR FOSTERS Suggested Adoption Donation: Adoptive family is responsible for shipping when applicable. We will ship turtles overnight unless weather conditions are prohibitive to the safety and comfort of our foster turtles. While we do not charge an adoption fee, any donation over the cost of shipping will contribute to offsetting vet care and other expenses associated with rehabilitating our charges. We took Flower in as a winter refugee from another MS based rescue last year. We spent all winter back and forth at the vet, trying to repair her repeating prolapses. Her cloaca muscles had weakened so much that she literally could not keep her insides inside. Our vet's surgical efforts were successful and we are thrilled to announce Flower is healed! Box turtles CANNOT be released in a 'random' location in the wild. Why? Because all box turtles have an internal 'homing signal.' Their true 'home' is the size of a football field. If box turtles are released somewhere other than that specific area they will spend the rest of their life attempting to return to that location, despite the perils. Therefore, it is the safest option for their welfare to adopt them to qualified homes when their point of origin is unknown. *Please familiarize yourself with the laws and regulations of your resident state pertaining to the guardianship of reptiles. For example, many states require you possess a fishing license to have a reptile as a companion animal.