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boxturtle  Common box turtle,Geotagged,Terrapene carolina,United States Click/tap to enlarge

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  1. Cool find! Do you happen to know what the color variations mean? Is it a sign of age or gender? Posted 5 years ago
    1. From what Ive read, the color variations are determined by sub-species, environment and even diet. Age is measured by growth rings on the scutes of their shells. Posted 5 years ago
      1. Thanks for the info, Leslie. Posted 5 years ago

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The common box turtle 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 that allows it to completely enclose itself. Its upper jaw is long and curved.

The turtle is primarily terrestrial and eats a wide variety of plants and animals. The females lay their eggs in the summer. Turtles in the northern part of their range hibernate over the winter.

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Similar species: Turtles And Tortoises
Species identified by Leslie Lewis
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Uploaded Aug 26, 2016. Captured in 6501 Featherbed Ln, Manassas, VA 20109, USA.