Eastern Box Turtle

Terrapene carolina carolina

Scientific Name

Eastern Box Turtle:  
Terrapene carolina carolina

Distribution and Habitat

Geographic Range

The Eastern box turtle inhabits parts of the eastern United States ranging from Texas to the Atlantic Ocean.

Natural Habitat

This species prefers to reside in both deciduous and mixed forests.

Physical Characteristics

  • The skin of the Eastern box turtle is usually brown or black with varying streaks of either yellow or orange and additionally contain a horned and sharp beak.

Quick Facts

  1. Eastern box turtles can live more than 100 years old!


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Conservation Status

Vulnerable: The Eastern Box Turtle population has been seriously depleted and its protection is not secured

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The Eastern box turtle is an opportunistic omnivore consuming both insect and plant life.