Eastern Box Turtles
(Terrapene carolina)
A Presentation By:
Nicole Routon
And
Shelby Packer
Characteristics
• Has a colorful domed shell
• Usually yellow to orange in color
• Small to Medium sized
• Bottom of the turtle shell can be
yellow, black, or brown
• It can completely box itself in due to
a hinge in its shell
Turtles Vs. Tortoises
Turtles
Lives in or near water
Tortoises
Lives in an arid
environment
Can breath underwater Stores water since it
lives in desert regions
Swims
Adapted to walk on
sand and rocky land
Omnivore
Herbivore
Where Are Box Turtles Located?
• Covers much of the eastern and central U.S.
• They are more common in the southern half of Indiana
Where Can I Find Them?
• Grasslands
• Wet areas
• Forests
What They Eat
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Fruits
Berries
Worms
Slugs
Insects
Mushrooms
Carrion
What They Eat
• Ever wonder how they catch their food? Check
below:
• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSZxROQ
GjZw
Predators
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Racoons
Skunks
Coyotes
Dogs
Ants
Crows
Snakes
Hogs
Lifespan
• Long lived creatures
• Documented to exceed 60 years
• Some may reach over 100 years
Box Turtle Population
• On the decline
• Why?
– Habitat destruction
– Capture for pets
• Now protected in Indiana
• May not be collected or sold.
References
• What is the difference between a turtle and a tortoise?.
(n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.wisegeek.com/what-isthe-difference-between-a-turtle-and-a-tortoise.htm
• Baby box turtles eating crickets, mynewturtle.com [Web].
(2007). Retrieved from
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSZxROQGjZw
• The eastern box turtle (terrapene carolina). (n.d.).
Retrieved from
http://www.bio.davidson.edu/people/midorcas/research/C
ontribute/box turtle/boxinfo.htm