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Terrapene carolina ssp. carolina
Only a little over an inch from head to tail. I found four, hours old, hatchlings. Two still had their egg tooth attached, one was still coming out of a hole in the ground where it's egg was buried. The first photo shows the still wet remains of this little one's yolk sack.
Mixed forest near a freshwater lake and wetlands.
This is our state reptile. Amazing to find them obviously on their first day of life. I took a lot more photos, but these are some of my favorites.
Spotted on Oct 16, 2012
Submitted on Apr 27, 2014
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