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Eastern Box Turtle

Terrapene carolina


The Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina) is one of two species of box turtles found in the United States. It is the only "land turtle" found in North Carolina and is also the state reptile. Box turtles are extremely long lived, slow to mature, and have relatively few offspring per year. These characteristics, along with a propensity to get hit by cars, make the box turtle a species particularly susceptible to human-induced problems.


Eastern box turtles are amazingly versatile animals and inhabit a wide variety of habitats from wooded swamps to dry, grassy fields. Although these turtles can live in a variety of different habitats, they are most abundant and healthy in moist forested areas with plenty of underbrush. Although not aquatic, box turtles will often venture into shallow water at the edge of ponds or streams or in puddles. Box turtles do not travel far, usually living within an area less than 200m in diameter. In cold climates they hibernate through the winter in loose soil at a depth of up to two feet.


I found this turtle wading in a shallow stream in a thin strip of woods. Brought it back to my yard for a photo shoot :)

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loganrobertson321 10 years ago

He was really awesome... I'm tempted to go back to the woods and look for him :)

Tigerclaws123 10 years ago

That's so cool!!!!!

loganrobertson321 10 years ago

I did make sure to take him back to where i found him, and thank you :)

Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago

Nice series - did you take it take back to the stream after the photo shoot? Welcome to Project Noah

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Virginia, USA

Spotted on Aug 18, 2012
Submitted on Aug 18, 2012

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