Ornate Box Turtle (Terrapene ornata) - Threatened

Description: 4 - 5 inches. Ornate Box Turtles have a brown or black upper shell (carapace) with bright yellow dots and lines. The bottom shell (plastron) is a light yellowish color marbled with darker markings. Male Ornate Box Turtles usually have bright red eyes, while the eyes of female tend to be maroon, yellow, or green.

Similar Species: Blanding's Turtles have dark head with a bright yellow chin.

Age in years of Most Recent Record
75+ 70 65 60 55 50 45 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5

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