The relatively flat plastron I think this is a female.
based on the ridge in the middle of the carapace I've IDed this as T. carolina
Lone individual found within an elevated patch of vegetation in the middle of a then-dry creek.
Two individuals found together in a small forest clearing, likely a mated pair.
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.