Box turtles can live for over 100 years in the wild. However, when brought into captivity, the average life span of a box turtle is more like 40-50 years, depending on the species. For instance, the ornate box turtle has a life span of 30-40 years, whereas the average life span of the three-toed box turtle is closer to 40-70 years. In any case, taking a box turtle in as a pet requires a long-term commitment.
In the wild, box turtles can live to be up to 100 years old. However, this turtle is one a few species who don’t take well to captivity; the stress and limited environment afforded by most domestic situations dramatically reduce the lifespan of box turtles down to anywhere from 40-60 years old.
Nobody is really sure about how long a box turtle can live for, but they do have growth rings on their shells that can be used to help determine an individuals age. Yet while helpful in the beginning of life, these rings wear away as the turtle gets older. A shell is belived to be completely smooth by the time the turtle is 30. While a large range, estimates place the lifespan of box turtles from 32 to a little more than 80 years old.
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