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Eastern Box Turtle

Terrapene carolina

Description:

Reddish-orange and black with brown shell, black markings.

Habitat:

Found in woods in Cuivre River State Park

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Apple
Apple 10 years ago
Eastern Box Turtle
Terrapene carolina Eastern box turtle


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5 Comments

NeilDazet
NeilDazet 9 years ago

That is a colorful box turtle. Nice spotting!

BrianEdmond
BrianEdmond 9 years ago

Beautiful box turtle! It's definitely a _Terrapene carolina_ (three-toed or eastern box turtle). The color and pattern can be extremely variable. The pattern on the plastron (bottom part of the shell) is often needed to distinguish between this species and the related Ornate Box Turtle (Terrapene ornata). You have both in your area, so keep an eye out for them!

Apple
Apple 10 years ago

No problem glad I could help! Maybe those resources can help you with other animals in your area. Missouri seems to have some great publishings on their wildlife.

Lindsey4
Lindsey4 10 years ago

Thanks for the links (both of them). I think it is an eastern box turtle, and I think from the vivid coloring it might be a male.

Apple
Apple 10 years ago

It seems like an eastern box turtle but the coloring doesn't seem exact enough, although there are variations. I found a resource on Missouri turtles and it is not listed in here but Wikipedia places the turtle in neighboring states. In many states it is considered vulnerable. Here is the link to the Missouri Turtles. http://mdc.mo.gov/sites/default/files/re...

Lindsey4
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Missouri, USA

Spotted on Jul 14, 2010
Submitted on Jan 21, 2012

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