Florida Box Turtle
Terrapene carolina bauri
Animals of North America
The Florida box turtle is found in the peninsula of Florida. It is one of six subspecies of box turtles found in the United States and Mexico. If threatened, the box turtle is able to pull its head, tail and legs into its shell. The shell is actually hinged and can close around the limbs, head and tail protecting the softer parts of the animal from predators.
These turtles usually have a home range of 750 feet (228 meters) or less. During the cooler months, box turtles are active all day long and will sleep at night once they have dug out a nice shallow spot to sleep in. When the weather gets hotter the turtles are most active in the morning or after a good rainfall. If the temperature gets overbearing, the box turtle will hide under logs or use other animals’ burrows to cool off.
Omnivorous (varies by season): snails, insects, berries, fungi, slugs, worms, roots, flowers, fish, frogs, salamanders, snakes, birds, and eggs. Young are primarily carnivorous while they grow during their first five to six years. Adults tend to be mostly herbivorous, but they do not eat green leaves.
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