All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

I found this shy young <strong>Eastern Box Turtle</strong> (<em>Terrapene carolina</em>)while I was on one of my wildflower searches. If the eyes were clearly visible it would be possible to tell if this is a male or female. Male box turtles have reddi...
I found this shy young Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina)while I was on one of my wildflower searches. If the eyes were clearly visible it would be possible to tell if this is a male or female. Male box turtles have reddish orange eyes, females have gold eyes. On a male, the underneath part of the shell, the "plastron," is concave, it is flat on a female.
Box turtles are omnivores, they eat both plants and animals, such as earthworms, slugs, berries, and even poisonous mushrooms.

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