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Florida Box Turtle

Terrapene carolina bauri


Like other box turtles, the Florida box turtle has a narrow and highly-domed shell with a hinged plastron that allows it to close its shell tightly. However, the Florida box turtle is quite different in appearance from the other subspecies of Terrapene carolina. Its carapace has a distinct pattern of bright radiating yellow stripes that make it easily identifiable. The coloring of the plastron can vary anywhere from solid yellow to solid black, with any number of variations in between. This turtle has very sharp claws as well as a sharp beak used for catching small insects and eating fruits, vegetables, and fungi. Males have red eyes, females have yellow eyes.


Found at Miami-Dade College Nature Center, Miami, Florida

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Alex Salcedo
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Alex Salcedo

Kendall, Florida, USA

Spotted on Mar 21, 2014
Submitted on Apr 2, 2015


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