Merle is our most senior staff member at an estimated 65–70 years old. His age is not a concern though since a box turtle can live to be 100 years old. Merle is the larger of our two turtles and he LOVES his girlfriend Timmie. Merle and Timmie live together in a terrarium in the Preschool classroom or outside in an enclosure. Merle has been with us since the spring of 2001.