Eastern Box Turtle

Latin name Terrapene carolina
Class Reptilia
Order Testudines
Family Emydidae
IUCN Status Vulnerable
Habitat Varied
Distribution North America

General Information

Common box turtles, also known as box tortoises, are omnivores and they eat a variety of invertebrates and vegetation. Their eggs are soft and blong and they can lay up to seven at a time. This turtle is not easy to keep as a pet - they need very special care.

Lifespan: Up to 50 years in captivity

Fun Fact

Box turtles have a domed-shaped shell, which they can totally close to protect them from predators.

Keeper Notes

Our box turtle’s favourite foods are wax worms and locusts.