Species: T. carolina
Subspecies: T. c. carolina
North Carolina's official state reptile is the Eastern Box Turtle.
Found walking through a predominantly hardwood forest, close to a beaver-made pond.
Bluebonnet Nature Center boardwalk
[Terrapene Carolina-major] JACKSON COUNTY MISSISSIPPI (cracked/chipped shell near head) 100%identified (male) males have red iris.
observed in the wild
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.