Gulf coast box turtle

Like all box turtles, the Gulf Coast box turtle can fully enclose itself in its shell. The Gulf coast box turtle is also known as the Florida box turtle.

Fast Facts

  • The Gulf Coast box turtle inhabits open woodlands, pastures, and marshy meadows.
  • Box turtles have a hinged plastron which allows them to fully close their shell.
  • Gulf Coast box turtles are the largest species of box turtle in the United States.

Scientific name

Terrapene carolina major
Range  Southern United States
Conservation status Near threatened
Diet Omnivore
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