Three Toed Box Turtle
Scientific Name Terrapene carolina triunguis
Native To Southeast and Central USA
Habitat Wooded swamps or dry, grassy fields.
Diet Omnivores. For vegetation they tend to eat moss, grass, and fallen berries and fruit. They get most of their meat from insects and other small creatures, such as crickets, grasshoppers, snails and slugs.
Size and Age Average size is 3-5 inches. Average lifespan 50-60 years.
The three toed box turtle is a subspecies of the eastern common box turtle. The name comes from their back feet, which only have 3 toes. They can live in a wide variety of habitats, from wooded swamps to dry, grassy fields. They are most abundant and healthy in moist forested areas with plenty of underbrush. They will often venture into shallow water at the edge of ponds or streams, or in puddles. Box Turtles are unique in that they have a hinged shell that gives them the ability to conceal their body entirely in their shell, allowing them to hide from predators.