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Three-toed Box Turtle

Three toed box turtle is a type of turtle found in the south-central region of the United States. As its name suggests, the turtle has three toes on its hind leg.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Family Emydidae
    Genus Terrapene
    Species Terrapene carolina
    Scientific Name Terrapene carolina triunguis

    Size Around 4.5 to 5in; largest recorded specimen is 7in
    Weight 1 – 2 lbs
    Color Dorsal and limb color might be absent, if present, they are olive green or tan ; sometimes the middle of each scute contains faint yellow lines or dots; straw-yellow bottom shell; the head of the males have red, yellow or orange spots
    Distribution Eastern Texas, northwest Florida, Missouri, Kansas, Louisiana
    Habitat Woodlands, meadows
    Diet Earthworms, insects, slugs, strawberries, snails, mushrooms, eggs of quail, green-leafed vegetation
    Hibernation Fact Hibernates during winter
    Predators Raccoons, coyotes
    Breeding Season Spring
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 4 to 5 eggs
    Reproductive Age 5 years of age
    Average Lifespan Around 30 to 40 years but, can live up to 100 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Vulnerable

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    Published on October 11th 2016 by under Turtles. Article was last reviewed on 6th June 2019.

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