Common Box Turtle


Common name : Eastern box turtle

Scientific name : Terrapene carolina

Family : Emydidae

Native to : Eastern United States and Eastern Mexico

Interesting fact : When it is too hot, the box turtle keeps itself cool by smearing saliva on its head and hands, and urinates on the lower parts of the body.

Conservation status : Vulnerable

With hinges, the turtle’s shell can be shut tight like a box. The upper jaw is hooked. These land-dwellers hide under leaf litter, logs and inside burrows and come out once it rains. During summer they visit swamps and marshes to cool down; while in winter, they hibernate inside burrows. They are known to live for more than a 100 years.

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