Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina)

Fairly common but possibly declining statewide in NC, Eastern Box Turtles are incredibly variable in color pattern!
Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina)
Aberdeen Lake Park, Moore Co., NC
4 Aug 2016
Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina)
Buncombe Co., NC
8 Sep 2012

Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina)
Buncombe Co., NC
8 Sep 2012

Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina)
Korstian Division, Duke Forest
Orange Co., NC June 2004
Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina)
Graham Co., NC 1 May 2004
Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina)
Clay Co., NC
14 May 2005
Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina)
Chatham Co., NC
17 Sep 2005
Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina)
Orange Co., NC
5 July 2009

Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina)
Orange Co., NC
16 Aug 2006

Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina)
Orange Co., NC
16 Aug 2006

Box turtles can completely shut themselves inside their shells!

Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina)
Orange Co., NC
11 Oct 2006

This very young turtle was munching its lunch on an Amanita mushrooom!

Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina)
Montgomery Co., NC
17 May 2013

Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina)
Montgomery Co., NC
17 May 2013

Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina)
Montgomery Co., NC
17 May 2013

Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina)
Caswell Co., NC
10 May 2007
Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina)
Caswell Co., NC
10 May 2007

Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina)
Richmond Co., NC
14 June 2008

This individual has a bilateral ear infection causing "swollen cheeks".

Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina)
Richmond Co., NC
14 June 2008

It was unable to completely close its shell. If you find a box turtle with this condition you can take it to a qualified rehabber, who can treat the infection. It's best if you are able to then return the turtle to essentially the exact place you found in when it's recovered. Box turtles often do not do well when placed "back in nature" but not in their original, familiar territory.


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