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.
Lat: 38.92, Long: -92.36
Spotted on May 2, 2012
Submitted on May 2, 2012
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