Eastern Box Turtle | Welsh Mountain Zoo

Eastern Box Turtle

Terrapene carolina


  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Found in vegetative and wooded areas across Eastern North America, Eastern Box Turtles are commonly seen in the wild. A number of subspecies of Easter Box Turtles exists, all with common physical traits including a round shaped body with heavy ridges, a hooked mouth and webbed feet.

Native Range →

North America

Natural Habitat  →

Wetlands, shrublands and forests

Diet  →

Omnivorous: plants, mushrooms, fruits, insects, amphibians and carrion

Life Expectancy  →

25-35 years in the wild. Up to 100 years in zoos

Breeding  →

1-11 eggs & a 50-70 incubation period

Group Name  →

Unknown

Active Hours  →

During the day

Threats  →

Habitat loss from agriculture and climate change

Fun fact

The average Eastern Box Turtle has five toes on each front leg and four on each back leg. This is most likely because these turtles are forward moving, mostly forest dwelling animals.

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