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Ornate Box Turtle

Ornate box turtle is a small, terrestrial turtle occurring in the United States. Although males and females are similar in appearance, males are often smaller than females.



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


    Size 5 to 7in
    Color Gray, reddish-brown or black upper shell with yellow lines running from the center of the shell to the edges
    Distribution Colorado, Iowa,  Nebraska, Indiana, Kansas, Wisconsin, Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana,
    Habitat Rolling grasslands, plains
    Diet Grasses, berries, insects (caterpillars, beetles, grasshoppers, earthworms),  vegetables, fruits, carrion, mammals,  amphibians, birds, snakes, other turtles
    Hibernation Fact Hibernates during winter in underground burrows
    Predators Coyotes, striped skunks, white necked ravens, snakes, raccoons , crows, Virginia opossums, American minks, foxes, dogs
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 2 to 8 eggs
    Incubation Period 75 to 85 days
    Average Lifespan 32 to 37 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Near Threatened

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    Published on October 10th 2016 by under Tortoises. Article was last reviewed on 16th August 2018.

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