This was a beautiful high-yellow male Ornate Box Turtle found crossing a dirt road near Lueder, Texas.
This is the shell of a deceased Ornate Box Turtle.
This Ornate Box Turtle found and photographed on the grounds of the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano, Texas.
Adult female crossing a road in Presidio County, Texas
Cochise County, AZ
Ornate box turtles, listed as Endangered in Wisconsin, prefer dry sand prairies, oak savannas with sandy soils and in sandy open oak woods.
The ornate box turtle is a small terrestrial turtle with a carapace (upper shell) that measures up to 15.4 cm (6.1 in) long and averages 10.0-12.5 cm (4-5 in; Conant and Collins 1998). The domed carapace is flattened on top with little or no mid-dorsal keel. The carapace is dark brown or black with conspicuous yellow lines that radiate from the center of each costal scute (one of the bony plates that makes up the turtle’s shell) and form dashes on the central scutes that give the carapace a hand-painted look
Terrapene ornata is a species of North American box turtle sometimes referred to as the western box turtle or ornate box turtle.