Box Turtle

Box Turtle

Three-toed Eastern Box Turtle
Terrapene carolina triunguis


CLASS
Reptilia
ORDER
Chelonia
FAMILY
Emydidae

Range

Most of eastern and southern United States


Habitat

Open woodlands, pastures, and marshy meadows


Diet

Plants, fungi, smaller animals, and carrion

Carapace

4.5 to 6 in.

Incubation

2 - 3 months

Clutch

2 - 8 eggs

IUCN Status

Vulnerable

CITES

Appendix II

Facts

  • Box turtles can completely withdraw their head, legs and tail within the shell to protect themselves from predators.
  • Males have red eyes and females have brown eyes.
  • Typically have three hind toes - but some individuals have four.
  • Two to eight white eggs are laid in the spring or summer. Young turtles hatch in two to three months; however, some clutches laid in summer may not hatch until the following spring.

 

Conservation

Box turtles face threats from the pet trade and habitat loss.

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Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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