Healthy adult male missing hind left leg.
06 Oct 2010.
Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Reserve, Mercer Co, NJ.
Red irises indicate that this is a male.
Small female, approx 6 yrs old
We rescued this box turtle off of Rabbit Road on Sanibel early this morning in a tropical downpour. Fairly large individual; carapace was probably 6 to 7" long. I couldn't take much time to measure or photograph it since it was in the middle of the road at rush hour in a rainstorm.
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.