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REPTILES

ORNATE BOX TURTLES

Terrapene ornata

At A Glance

  • IDENTIFICATION: Deep brown/red eyes, yellow strips and spots on shell and head
  • COMMONLY CONFUSED WITH: Pond sliders, map turtles, river cooters
  • CONSERVATION STATUS: Near Threatened - Population Declining
  • DIET: Bugs, carrion, fruit, grass
  • HABITAT: Forests along streams
  • HIBERNATION SITES: Dig into burrows
  • BREEDING: April - July, 1-8 eggs hatch in nest roughly 50 days later
  • BEHAVIOR: Spend most of thier lives in underground burrows, solitary, spend little time in water
  • SPECIAL SKILLS: Lives for up to 40 years in the wild
  • THREATS: Coyotes, skunks, crows, copperheads, raccoons, opossums, minks, foxes, dogs, mites, roundworms
  • SEASONS FOR VIEWING IN NORTH LOUISIANA: Year round, but more active in Spring, Summer, Fall