PrintEmailShare
BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo - Come Travel Around the World with Us!
Education
Select Another Animal
Extinct in Wild
Endangered
Threatened
Rare
Common
Would you like to support this animal at BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo? Make a Donation
Eastern US

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
A group of parrots is called a company.
View Map Join Today