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Common Box Turtle

Common box turtles are a type of box turtles found in eastern United States and Mexico. There are six subspecies of this species. They are terrestrial and omnivores.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Family Emydidae
    Genus Terrapene
    Scientific Name Terrapene carolina


    Size 4.5-6 in
    Color Brown outer shell often with variable patterns of yellow or orange lines, bars, spots or uneven patches; underside is dark brown – may be uniform or exhibit dark uneven patches
    Distribution Maine, Michigan, eastern Texas and south Florida in the United States, southern Ontario in Canada, Mexico
    Habitat Moist forested areas
    Diet Beetles, earthworms, slugs, larva, grubs, berries, flowers, mushrooms, certain grasses, fruits
    Hibernation Fact Members in the northern part of their range hibernate during winter
    Predators Coyotes, raccoons, wild pigs, turkeys, skunks, fox, weasels, possums, birds, snakes, dogs, chickens, cats, other Box Turtles
    Breeding Season Spring
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 1 to 11 eggs
    Incubation Period 70 – 80 days
    Average Lifespan Sometimes around 100 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Vulnerable

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    Published on October 26th 2016 by under Turtles. Article was last reviewed on 13th August 2018.

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