This turtle was seen while hiking through a dry wash near Cienega Creek on Las Cienegas NCA. It was about 7 am when observed.
Per AZ regulations, did not handle or otherwise harass / stress the animal, whose species is listed as Protected in AZ, to get measurements, etc.
Red eyes and faded streaks indicate a mature male, per Reptiles and Amphibians of AZ field guide.
Looks like ornate but not sure if it is common My two dogs got to it before me but I think it will be ok
Had a small chunk missing from carapace above back left leg. Appeared to be an old wound as the edges were smooth, not jagged.
Terrapene ornata is a species of North American box turtle sometimes referred to as the western box turtle or ornate box turtle.