Box Turtle Age Determination! (sort of…)

littlefootdoesstuff:

Earlier today, we were asked how to tell the age of an older box turtle by belovefreeindeed

Admittedly, I don’t know much about the answer… so I went to the more knowledgeable Carolina Box Turtles. Here is what he had to say:

First, he shared this diagram and explanation with me…
image And then he added that
“turtles kept indoors may have more growth lines. My head start turtles were a year old in nov. but they read as two 1/2. Poorly kept turtles, will have less to read. And their over all size will be smaller.”

So I guess to fully answer your question (but not really), it is extremely hard to tell the age of a turtle after it has surpassed 20 years. Counting scutes could work, but like I and Carolina Box Turtles said, growth lines can vary depending on what states the turtle is in over time. Even the diagram states that counting scutes or annuli as they refer to them, can be inexact even when done by seasoned researchers.
I’m sorry I couldn’t provide the clear answer you were looking for! I guess once turtles get to a certain age they are all just OLD and we will have to leave it at that. Luckily, Littlefoot has time 😉

PS- feel free to submit pictures of your rescue turtle anytime! 😀

A lot of turtle parents have this question, and this is a great diagram/ answer.

Anyone in the Boston area have room for a baby “mud turtle” in need of a new home??

Note- he’s listed as a mud turtle but I had my doubts and I have some agreement. Possibly a slider of some sort (Though the feet  have me unsure). 

http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/zip/4309052834.html

I avoid the pets section on craigslist like the plague (breaks my heart) but this little guy was listed in the free section. Really hoping he doesn’t end up in the wrong hands. I would adopt him immediately if I had the finances/space to give him the home he deserves.

click here for the ad.

Note he was a gift for an ex girlfriend. This is why giving pets as gifts is a really bad idea. Preparation, research and a full commitment is vital to raising a happy and healthy animal. 

Anyone up for the job??

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jillietoyo:

Happy birthday to my tortoise Fredric (today) and Paco (Feb 11th) both turn 2 years old !!!!
For their birthdays I decided to do a medieval photo shoot . Everything made by hand looks ghettotastic but whatever I tried my hardest and made it look good.
  I even added my daughter who is almost 4 months named Libby.
   It was fun doing the photoshoot but kind of stressful getting all the stuff done before now been kind of busy.
    Just kind of shocked that I’ve had both my pets are 2 years now and they are amazing.
    I just wish I could do better on the castle and the background stuff but its been cold here couldn’t do it outside and I did what I could with little money.

So happy birthday my zoo two years strong: 3

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FREDRIC AND PACO! 

That’s a quality zoo you’ve got there. 

jillietoyo:

Happy birthday to my tortoise Fredric (today) and Paco (Feb 11th) both turn 2 years old !!!!
For their birthdays I decided to do a medieval photo shoot . Everything made by hand looks ghettotastic but whatever I tried my hardest and made it look good.
  I even added my daughter who is almost 4 months named Libby.
   It was fun doing the photoshoot but kind of stressful getting all the stuff done before now been kind of busy.
    Just kind of shocked that I’ve had both my pets are 2 years now and they are amazing.
    I just wish I could do better on the castle and the background stuff but its been cold here couldn’t do it outside and I did what I could with little money.

So happy birthday my zoo two years strong: 3

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FREDRIC AND PACO! 

That’s a quality zoo you’ve got there. 

jillietoyo:

Happy birthday to my tortoise Fredric (today) and Paco (Feb 11th) both turn 2 years old !!!!
For their birthdays I decided to do a medieval photo shoot . Everything made by hand looks ghettotastic but whatever I tried my hardest and made it look good.
  I even added my daughter who is almost 4 months named Libby.
   It was fun doing the photoshoot but kind of stressful getting all the stuff done before now been kind of busy.
    Just kind of shocked that I’ve had both my pets are 2 years now and they are amazing.
    I just wish I could do better on the castle and the background stuff but its been cold here couldn’t do it outside and I did what I could with little money.

So happy birthday my zoo two years strong: 3

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FREDRIC AND PACO! 

That’s a quality zoo you’ve got there. 

jillietoyo:

Happy birthday to my tortoise Fredric (today) and Paco (Feb 11th) both turn 2 years old !!!!
For their birthdays I decided to do a medieval photo shoot . Everything made by hand looks ghettotastic but whatever I tried my hardest and made it look good.
  I even added my daughter who is almost 4 months named Libby.
   It was fun doing the photoshoot but kind of stressful getting all the stuff done before now been kind of busy.
    Just kind of shocked that I’ve had both my pets are 2 years now and they are amazing.
    I just wish I could do better on the castle and the background stuff but its been cold here couldn’t do it outside and I did what I could with little money.

So happy birthday my zoo two years strong: 3

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FREDRIC AND PACO! 

That’s a quality zoo you’ve got there. 

jillietoyo:

Happy birthday to my tortoise Fredric (today) and Paco (Feb 11th) both turn 2 years old !!!!
For their birthdays I decided to do a medieval photo shoot . Everything made by hand looks ghettotastic but whatever I tried my hardest and made it look good.
  I even added my daughter who is almost 4 months named Libby.
   It was fun doing the photoshoot but kind of stressful getting all the stuff done before now been kind of busy.
    Just kind of shocked that I’ve had both my pets are 2 years now and they are amazing.
    I just wish I could do better on the castle and the background stuff but its been cold here couldn’t do it outside and I did what I could with little money.

So happy birthday my zoo two years strong: 3

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FREDRIC AND PACO! 

That’s a quality zoo you’ve got there. 

jillietoyo:

Happy birthday to my tortoise Fredric (today) and Paco (Feb 11th) both turn 2 years old !!!!
For their birthdays I decided to do a medieval photo shoot . Everything made by hand looks ghettotastic but whatever I tried my hardest and made it look good.
  I even added my daughter who is almost 4 months named Libby.
   It was fun doing the photoshoot but kind of stressful getting all the stuff done before now been kind of busy.
    Just kind of shocked that I’ve had both my pets are 2 years now and they are amazing.
    I just wish I could do better on the castle and the background stuff but its been cold here couldn’t do it outside and I did what I could with little money.

So happy birthday my zoo two years strong: 3

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FREDRIC AND PACO! 

That’s a quality zoo you’ve got there. 

jillietoyo:

Happy birthday to my tortoise Fredric (today) and Paco (Feb 11th) both turn 2 years old !!!!
For their birthdays I decided to do a medieval photo shoot . Everything made by hand looks ghettotastic but whatever I tried my hardest and made it look good.
  I even added my daughter who is almost 4 months named Libby.
   It was fun doing the photoshoot but kind of stressful getting all the stuff done before now been kind of busy.
    Just kind of shocked that I’ve had both my pets are 2 years now and they are amazing.
    I just wish I could do better on the castle and the background stuff but its been cold here couldn’t do it outside and I did what I could with little money.

So happy birthday my zoo two years strong: 3

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FREDRIC AND PACO! 

That’s a quality zoo you’ve got there. 

jillietoyo:

Happy birthday to my tortoise Fredric (today) and Paco (Feb 11th) both turn 2 years old !!!!
For their birthdays I decided to do a medieval photo shoot . Everything made by hand looks ghettotastic but whatever I tried my hardest and made it look good.
  I even added my daughter who is almost 4 months named Libby.
   It was fun doing the photoshoot but kind of stressful getting all the stuff done before now been kind of busy.
    Just kind of shocked that I’ve had both my pets are 2 years now and they are amazing.
    I just wish I could do better on the castle and the background stuff but its been cold here couldn’t do it outside and I did what I could with little money.

So happy birthday my zoo two years strong: 3

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FREDRIC AND PACO! 

That’s a quality zoo you’ve got there. 

jillietoyo:

Happy birthday to my tortoise Fredric (today) and Paco (Feb 11th) both turn 2 years old !!!!
For their birthdays I decided to do a medieval photo shoot . Everything made by hand looks ghettotastic but whatever I tried my hardest and made it look good.
  I even added my daughter who is almost 4 months named Libby.
   It was fun doing the photoshoot but kind of stressful getting all the stuff done before now been kind of busy.
    Just kind of shocked that I’ve had both my pets are 2 years now and they are amazing.
    I just wish I could do better on the castle and the background stuff but its been cold here couldn’t do it outside and I did what I could with little money.

So happy birthday my zoo two years strong: 3

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FREDRIC AND PACO! 

That’s a quality zoo you’ve got there. 

jillietoyo:

Happy birthday to my tortoise Fredric (today) and Paco (Feb 11th) both turn 2 years old !!!!
For their birthdays I decided to do a medieval photo shoot . Everything made by hand looks ghettotastic but whatever I tried my hardest and made it look good.
  I even added my daughter who is almost 4 months named Libby.
   It was fun doing the photoshoot but kind of stressful getting all the stuff done before now been kind of busy.
    Just kind of shocked that I’ve had both my pets are 2 years now and they are amazing.
    I just wish I could do better on the castle and the background stuff but its been cold here couldn’t do it outside and I did what I could with little money.

So happy birthday my zoo two years strong: 3

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FREDRIC AND PACO! 

That’s a quality zoo you’ve got there. 

pippalily:

#snapmeifyoucan @zsllondonzoo The beautiful Hermionie smiles when tickled. My new favourite friend. #tortoise #torty #gianttortoise #zsllondonzoo #londonzoo

Did someone say snacks???!!!