Eastern Box Turtle
Terrapene carolina carolina

Nikon FE w 55 mm micro, Ektachrome 64, ASA 64


"Eastern Box Turtle," Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) is a subspecies within a group of hinge-shelled turtles, normally called box turtles. T. c. carolina is native to an eastern part of the United States.The eastern box turtle is one of two species of box turtles found in the United States. It is the only "land turtle" found in North Carolina, where it is the state reptile. Box turtles are slow crawlers, extremely long lived, slow to mature, and have relatively few offspring per year. These characteristics, along with a propensity to get hit by cars and agricultural machinery, make all box turtle species particularly susceptible to anthropogenic, or human-induced, mortality. In 2011, citing "a widespread persistent and ongoing gradual decline of Terrapene carolina that probably exceeds 32% over three generations", its conservation status was downgraded from Near Threatened to Vulnerable.
Waquoit, Massachusetts
 
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