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Eastern Box Turtle

Young box turtles are almost completely carnivorous.  As they mature they consume more plant material, including mushrooms that are toxic to humans.


Box turtles are illegal to keep as pets in many states.  The over-collection of this species for the pet trade has led to a substantial decline in the population.

HABITATForests, meadows, woodlands
DIETInvertebrates, flowers, berries, roots, mushrooms, amphibians, carrion
LIFE Expectancy25-30 years

Fun Fact
Chinchillas have the second densest hair coats of any mammal with up to 60 hairs growing from each follicle. The densest coat belongs to the sea otter.
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