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Colorful Box Turtle

July 07, 2018  •  1 Comment

I came across this colorful box turtle while driving the tour road at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. I think this is a male Three-toed Box Turtle.

The Three-toed Box Turtle is the most common Box Turtle we have in this area (Three-toed box turtles are so named due to the number of toes on the back feet).

I read that the males head and throat often display yellow, red, or orange spots which this one has. The eyes of mature males are usually red or reddish, whereas the female's eyes are usually deep brown.

Three-toed Box Turtle Facts

  • In Arkansas, three-toed box turtles were observed in grasslands in late spring, while in early spring, summer, and late fall they were found in forested areas.
  • During dry times, they dig shallow burrows into leaf litter to conserve moisture. When water is available, these turtles soak for longer periods of time than any of the other subspecies.
  • Three-toed box turtles are omnivores, their diets varying with the availability of food sources and the seasons.
  • It should be noted however that all box turtles will prefer live foods to vegetation. (Source: Wikipedia)

 

Box Turtle - 7555-180622Box Turtle - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.


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Greg Topp(non-registered)
Steve,
Turtles are pretty, too! Thanks for showing this animal to us!
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