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Three-toed Box Turtle

Terrapene carolina triunguis


I saved this box turtle as it was attempting to cross a busy road. Had a brief photo shoot and then released the turtle deep inside a nearby forest.


Normally found in grasslands and forest habitats.


Usually 3 toes on hind limbs and usually a ridge along the center of the carapace. The plastron (bottom part of shell) has a distinct single hinge across the forward third of the shell, which allows the turtle to tightly close the lower shell against the inside edge of the upper shell.

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NeilDazet 4 years ago

Thank you KrantiAzad. I think it is an awesome series too! :-)

KrantiAzad 4 years ago

awesome series !!

NeilDazet 5 years ago

Thank you sofiar1 and cecihelper1 for your kind words.

Christiane 5 years ago

This is one of my rescued turtles ..

NeilDazet 5 years ago

Thanks Christiane! I made this cool turtle my current PN avatar. :)

Christiane 5 years ago

WOW... Amazing..

NeilDazet 5 years ago

Added some more photos to this spotting. Enjoy!

NeilDazet 5 years ago

Thanks for that comment MrJohn!

MrJohn 5 years ago

Looks like he was smiling for the camera.

NeilDazet 5 years ago

Thanks Marsya and others for the compliments!

Marsya Christyanti
Marsya Christyanti 5 years ago

Nice spotting and precise angle! it is smiling :)

Columbia, Missouri, USA

Lat: 38.92, Long: -92.36

Spotted on May 2, 2012
Submitted on May 2, 2012

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