Found in pasture (Three-toed )
Orange County, California, US
Obviously a released pet.
A healthy roasting hen sized box turtle , stranded on his back in the vast church parking lot.Weight about 3.5-4.5 lbs.and very angry! He snapped at me and I released him to a natural pond on my neighbors property where he will not be bothered.
dark green shell with yellow spots , legs with bright yellow spots, very active and moving.
The common box turtle (Terrapene carolina) is a species of box turtle with six existing subspecies. It is found throughout the eastern United States and Mexico. The box turtle has a distinctive hinged lowered shell (the box) that allows it to completely enclose itself. Its upper jaw is long and curved.