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Common Box Turtle This turtle's shell was approximately 5 inches long. The shell was high and rounded, and was dark with many yellow splotches. The pattern is variable and becomes less prominent with age.  Common box turtle,Geotagged,Summer,Terrapene carolina,Turtle,United States Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Common Box Turtle

This turtle's shell was approximately 5 inches long. The shell was high and rounded, and was dark with many yellow splotches. The pattern is variable and becomes less prominent with age.

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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 Christine Young
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By Christine Young

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Uploaded Jan 5, 2018. Captured Jul 29, 2017 13:21 in 1-55 Ledgewood Dr, Wilton, CT 06897, USA.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/4.0
  • 1/64s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm