Our State reptile and only true land based turtle. While yes, we see snappers, Yellow-bellied Sliders and Painted turtles on land also, they are amphibious. You will never see an Eastern Box Turtle in the water.....not intentionally anyway.
I put this one outside the fence surrounding the backyard on Friday. Today is was back in the fenced yard again. I guess he or she calls the backyard its territory so I left it alone.
You can see new growth (light colored areas in the scutes) on this one which will eventually turn dark. Eastern Box turtle numbers have declined over the last several years. Although they have a long life, they are slow to mature (7 years to full maturity), late to reproduce and the female lays few eggs.