Three-toed Box Turtle
Terrapene carolina triunguis
Names and Personal History:
Shelby: Belonged to a former Tree Frog Treks teacher and was donated to us. Age unknown.
Southeastern U.S., from Missouri down to Alabama and Texas.
Moist forests and meadows.
This turtle has a domed carapace with variable coloration that ranges from yellow and black to dull brown and olive. The carapace also usually has some patterning. The plastron is hinged so the turtle can clamp its shell shut. Males usually have red eyes, while females have light brown eyes. The three-toed subspecies has three toes on each of its hind feet.
Fairly omnivorous, these turtles will take fruits, veggies, worms, and insects.