Three-Toed Box Turtle

Scientific Name: Terrapene carolina triunguis

Habitat: Three-toed box turtles are found throughout the forested regions of the eastern United States. 

Diet: Three-toed box turtles are omnivores and are known to eat berries, mushrooms, roots, greens, insects, and invertebrates such as snails, slugs, and worms. 

Size: 5.7 feet high / 4.6 to 5.4 feet long

Weight: 110 to 130 pounds

Lifespan: 10 to 20 years in the wild. Up to 35 years in human care. 

Conservation Status:


Did You Know?!

  • Box turtle shells are unique, with hinges on the underside that allow the turtle to pull in and close up completely when threatened. Once ‘boxed’ in, their shells are almost impossible to pry open.
  • Males box turtles usually have red eyes and a concave plastron (bottom of their shell), while females have brown eyes and a flat plastron (bottom of their shell).
  • Baby box turtles are rarely seen! The hinge for their shell does not develop until 3 or 4 years.
  • Female box turtles can not reproduce until they are about 10 years old.