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There are certain precautions that should be taken when handling a box turtle. As a general rule, you should try to only handle your turtle when absolutely necessary, such as when he needs to be taken to the vet or moved to a new enclosure. While some box turtles don't seem to mind being picked up and handled, it is generally safer for your pet to be kept in his cage. You should always wash your hands before and after any contact with your turtle. Reptiles, including box turtles, have been associated with the transmission of certain diseases, so make thorough hand cleaning a habit.