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Eastern Box Turtle The common box turtle (Terrapene carolina) is a species of box turtle with six existing subspecies. It is found throughout the eastern United States and Mexico. The box turtle has a distinctive hinged lowered shell (the box) that allows it to completely enclose itself.

An interesting fact is that a female may lay fertile eggs for up to FOUR years after ONE successful mating.

Box turtles may live more than 100 years but unfortunately Common Box Turtle numbers are declining because of habitat loss, roadkill, and capture for the pet trade. The species is classified as Vulnerable to threats to its survival by the IUCN Red List. Extinction or extirpation is possible.

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