|Eastern Box Turtle(Terrapene carolina carolina)|
Eastern box turtle(Terrapene carolina carolina) is a small-sized, colorful reptile species native to the Eastern United States. Eastern box turtle is a subspecies of the common box turtle. It has a high-domed, rounded, hard upper shell. They are commonly seen in the wild.
Their scientific name is Eastern Box Turtle. The eastern box turtle, also known as the land turtle.
Eastern box turtle belongs to the family Emydidae. Eastern box turtle is a small-sized turtle species. There are one subspecies. Their conservation status is 'Not extinct'. This species listed as a red list of IUCN.
Living & Habitat
Eastern box turtles are found in the United State. Eastern box turtles are habitats such near ponds, fields, meadows, woodlands.
Eastern box turtle has a small-sized body and whole body covers with a colorful shell. Its tall upper shell. The carapace is brown with variable patterns of orange and yellow markings. An adult Eastern box turtle length around 13 cm to 15 cm. Their weight around 300 g to 500 g. They can walk at speed of up to 1 km/h.
Eastern box turtles are mainly part of the Omnivore diet, which means they only eat plants, and meat. They mostly eat beetles, crayfish, tadpoles, fruits, vegetables. They have some natural predators like raccoons, chipmunks, foxes, snakes,
Their lifespan up to 40 years, but some are live up to 100 years. Eastern box turtles are diurnal, solitary turtle species. They are very active in daylight. At the age of 5 years, females males are ready to sexually mature. After the incubation period lasts around 90 days. Eastern box turtle lay 2 to 8 eggs in a breeding season. The young eastern box turtle is called 'Hatchling'. Those young spend one year with their mothers.
- Eastern box turtles always have permanent home ranges.
- Eastern box turtles can retain water better than aquatic turtles.