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North Carolina State Reptile:

Eastern box turtle - click to see all state reptiles
Eastern box turtle photo by Ryan Hagerty / U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
See All State Reptiles & Amphibians.

Eastern Box Turtle

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The Eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina) was designated as the official state reptile of North Carolina in 1979. Listed as "near threatened" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), the eastern box turtle should be monitored and protected to avoid further population decline.

The eastern box turtle is found along the entire east coast of the U.S. and inland as far as Michigan, Kansas, and Texas. The name was inspired by the box turtle's ability to retract its head and legs into its shell and clamp it shut, creating a protective "box."

Eastern box turtles are omnivorous, with a varied diet of plants, roots, fish, snails, berries, fungi, and even small birds and snakes. Eastern box turtles can live to be over 100 years old (40 - 60 years is the average lifespan in the wild).

Eastern box turtle - click to see all reptile & amphibian symbols
Eastern box turtle photo © Lee D. Baker on Flickr - noncommercial use permitted with attribution. See All State Reptiles & Amphibians.
Source:
Reptile - Eastern Box Turtle: North Carolina State Library
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A Field Guide to Reptiles & Amphibians of Eastern & Central North America
A Field Guide to Reptiles & Amphibians of
Eastern & Central North America

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