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Desert Box Turtle

Desert box turtles are found in parts of the US and Mexico, and is a subspecies of the box turle.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Suborder Cryptodira
    Family Emydidae
    Genus Terrapene
    Species T. ornata
    Subspecies T. o. luteola
    Scientific Name Terrapene ornata luteola

    Length 5-8 cm
    Coloration Dull gray to slate with faint markings on the carapace
    Distribution Southwestern parts of the USA and northern Mexico
    Habitat Dry to very dry open lands in the prairie regions
    Diet Omnivorous; consumes local vegetation, insects, and at times carrion
    Breeding Season Begins in April (after hibernation)
    Clutch Size 2-8 eggs at a time
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous

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    Published on December 5th 2017 by under Turtles. Article was last reviewed on 14th June 2019.

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