Three Toed Box Turtle
Scientific NameTerrapene carolina triunguis
Native To Central and southeastern United States
Habitat Wooded swamps, marshes and grasslands
Diet Omnivore: moss, grass, fallen fruit, crickets, grasshoppers, snails and slugs
Size and Age Average size 8-13 cm (3-5 in); average lifespan of 50-60 years
The three toed box turtle is a subspecies of the eastern common box turtle. Their name comes from their back feet, which only have three toes. They can live in a wide variety of habitats, from wooded swamps to grassy fields. Three toed box turtles are most healthy and abundant in moist, forested areas with plenty of underbrush. They will often venture into shallow water at the edge of ponds, streams, or puddles. Box turtles are unique in that they have a hinged shell that gives them the ability to conceal their body entirely inside, allowing them to hide from predators.