Box Turtle - Blank Park Zoo

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Scientific Name: Box Turtle
Terrapene carolina
Class:
Reptilia
Order:
Testudinata
Family:
Emydidae
Feeding Type:
Omnivorous
Range:
Midwest of the US
Habitat:
Grasslands
Diet in the Wild:
Insects and plants
Diet at the Zoo:
Vegetables and meat mixture
Longevity:
Between 75 and 80 years
Description:
Box turtles measure about 5 inches long, and have a highly domed shell. They are land dwellers and have claws that are used to burrow. Their shells are usually brown with symmetrical yellow or orange markings. Male box turtles have bright red irises and females have gray or brown irises.
Adaptation/Behavior:
Box turtles are crepuscular, that is, they are active at dawn and dusk. They burrow to avoid the heat and dig shallow pits to sleep at night. When threatened, box turtle pull their head, legs and tail into their shell. The hinge on their underside allows the turtle to close their shell completely, providing extra protection.
Courtship/Breeding:
Mating begins soon after emerging from hibernation. Nesting takes place in early summer and 2 to 7 eggs are laid in the dirt. Young usually hatch in September or October.
Conservation:
Box turtles are at a lower risk.

Interesting Facts

Our Animals

  • They hiss when surprised/alarmed.
  • Box turtles are actually tortoises.
  • The Zoo has three Box Turtles; 2 males and 1 female.
  • They are not on exhibit and are education animals.
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