Three Toed Box Turtle
The three-toed box turtle gets its name from its distinct feature: it possesses three toes on each hind foot, unlike other box turtles that usually have four. Found primarily in the southeastern United States, these turtles are renowned for their beautiful carapace patterns, which vary from individual to individual. Ranging in colours from earthy browns to vibrant oranges, it's as if each turtle carries its own unique masterpiece on its shell.
As a natural defence mechanism, the three-toed box turtle can retract its head, tail, and limbs into its domed-shaped shell, creating a secure and impenetrable fortress. If threatened, they will quickly snap shut their hinged plastron, keeping potential predators at bay.
But don't be fooled by their tough exterior! These turtles have a gentle and curious nature, often exploring their surroundings with a cautious yet adventurous spirit.
Latin name - Terrapene carolina
Class - Reptilia
Order - Testudines
Family - Emydidae
IUCN Status - Vulnerable
Habitat - Varied
Distribution - North America
Up to 50 years in captivity.
This species has a remarkable homing ability! When relocated from their territory, they can navigate their way back to their original habitat, even over long distances. This navigational prowess has fascinated scientists for years and continues to be a subject of study.
Our box turtle’s favourite foods are wax worms and locusts.
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