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Eastern Box Turtle

Terrapene carolina


This big gorgeous Eastern Box Turtle was also VERY heavy. She was also found under a piece of tin in the shade on a 90+ degree day. I believe she was full of eggs.


Old grown up field.

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LisaPowers 11 years ago

They are opportunistic, but as you so noted, they are easy targets for unscrupulous people in motorized vehicles.

nexttogone 11 years ago

You may be right, but I believe that they are hardy survivors in the drought, as I recall, they are opportunist feeders. They will even eat road kill to survive. Unfortunately that habit is only deadly for them as I have seen turtles dead on the roads that were obviously targeted by drivers rather than avoided. Correct if I'm wrong, please.

LisaPowers 11 years ago

Thanks nexttogone. They are still out there, but I suspect the drought has hit them hard in your area.

LisaPowers 11 years ago

Thanks Emma. She was very photogenic...but not very patrient.

nexttogone 11 years ago

Amazing find and pic. I used to see these all over Texas, even in Odessa. I haven't seen a one in several years and I have certainly been looking hard.

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Hema Shah 11 years ago

Thank you for this out standing picture!

LisaPowers 11 years ago

The Eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) was designated the official state reptile of Tennessee in 1995. And I helped :-)

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Tennessee, USA

Spotted on Aug 3, 2012
Submitted on Aug 5, 2012

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