Three-Toed Box Turtle

Three Toed Box TurtleTerrapene carolina triunguis

Description: Usually dark brown with a yellow plastron or bottom shell, the Three-Toed Box Turtle is a rather natural and subdued looking turtle.  The carapace or top shell is highly domed with a faint vertebral keel sometimes present. Males are the larger sex with a shell length of little over 6 inches.

Range: Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas east to Alabama.

Habitat: Wooded areas and prairies. Although mainly terrestrial, they could enter the water and swim if they so desired, although the high dome shape of their sell would prevent any sort of speed or agility.

Wild: Box Turtles are omnivorous eating a mixed diet of; insects, worms, snails, and other small invertebrates, carrion, mushrooms, grass, moss, berries, and flowers.
Zoo: Greens and a pelleted tortoise diet

Reproduction: Breeding occurs in early spring. Average clutch size of about 5 eggs. Incubation lasts approximately 2 months.

Fun Fact: A hinge in the plastron of the shell allows the turtle to completely enclose themselves inside their shell. It is this feature that gives the Box Turtle their name as they are said to ‘box’ themselves in.