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Reddish-orange and black with brown shell, black markings.
Found in woods in Cuivre River State Park
That is a colorful box turtle. Nice spotting!
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!
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.
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.
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...
Spotted on Jul 14, 2010 Submitted on Jan 21, 2012
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