Common Box Turtle - Warren County, MO
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 38° 48.419 W 091° 05.322
15S E 665958 N 4297092
Quick Description: Missed three others because I did not have my camera....but turtles are safe and going in the right direction....
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 8/18/2019 9:41:51 AM
Waymark Code: WM115B3
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
Views: 4

Long Description:

County of crossing: Warren County
Location of crossing: MO Hwy M, east of Schuetzenground Rd., Warren County

This is a common box turtle...(Terrapene carolina carolina).

"The common box turtle (Terrapene carolina) is a species of box turtle with six existing subspecies. It is found throughout the Eastern United States and Mexico. The box turtle has a distinctive hinged lowered shell (the box) that allows it to completely enclose itself. Its upper jaw is long and curved.

"The turtle is primarily terrestrial and eats a wide variety of plants and animals. The females lay their eggs in the summer. Turtles in the northern part of their range hibernate over the winter.

"Common box turtle numbers are declining because of habitat loss, roadkill, and capture for the pet trade. The species is classified as Vulnerable to threats to its survival by the IUCN Red List. Three U.S. states name subspecies of the common box turtle as their official reptile." ~ Wikipedia

Species Link: [Web Link]

How often turtles cross:

Months most seen crossing: May and June but saw one yesterday (August)

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