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Terrapene carolina carolina
This small turtle is commonly found in a wide variety of habitats throughout the eastern US. Their patterns are highly variable, this individual was a very bright one. The adults are omnivorous, consuming a wide variety of animal material (earthworms, slugs, snails, insects, crayfish, frogs, toads, and snakes) and plant material. (leaves, grass, berries, fruits, and fungi) The Box Turtle gets its name from the structure of its shell, which allows it to seal up its vulnerable parts inside an impenetrable box.
Hardwood forest, near stream
The bright red eyes and more flattened shell shape mean that this individual is a male. Also, he is missing his right eye!
Spotted on Jul 24, 2012
Submitted on Jul 25, 2012
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