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Gulf Coast box turtle

Terrapene carolina major

Description:

Gulf Coast box turtles have a domed shell which can grow to 8 inches in shell length. It is generally dark brown or black in color, with yellow striping or blotching, the amount of blotching or striping can vary greatly. Keeping a box turtle as a pet can lead to imprisonment and a fine of $250,000k.

Habitat:

They are often found around estuaries and swampy regions, near shallow, permanent bodies of water.

Notes:

Heading up a sand dune in Cape San Blas, Florida.

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3 Comments

LaurieWinters
LaurieWinters 7 years ago

Thank you Annimel, NielDazet and KarenL for the proper ID.

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Hi Laurie, please can you correct the ID of this lovely box turtle.

AnnImel
AnnImel 8 years ago

Nice spotting! I think this is a box turtle, either three toed or ornate, or a hybrid.

LaurieWinters
Spotted by
LaurieWinters

Florida, USA

Spotted on May 21, 2011
Submitted on Sep 28, 2011

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