Eastern box turtles can grow up to 8 inches in length from head to tail. Female eastern box turtles are typically larger than males. Most eastern box turtles are between 4.5 to 6 inches in length.
Eastern box turtles are very slow to mature and can live more than 100 years in the wild, although their life spans in captivity are significantly shorter. The eastern box turtle is a common species east of Texas. It is capable of living in the northern parts of the United States, as it hibernates underground during winter. The eastern box turtle is terrestrial, living on prairies and in forests. The diet of this turtle is omnivorous and often includes worms, grubs, grasses and fallen fruits. The highly domed, well camouflaged shell of the eastern box turtle protects it from predators.Learn More
Yellow-bellied sliders grow from 5 to 12 inches when they are fully grown with males being smaller than females. They can live up to 30 years when they are provided with the right care in captivity.Full Answer >
Distinguish male yellow-bellied slider turtles from females by observing the exceptionally large fingernails of males. These long fingernails help males to attract mates and grip females during mating activities. Additionally, male yellow-bellied sliders are smaller than females of the same age and have longer tails than females do. The cloaca of a male is located well beyond the edge of the turtle’s shell, while the female's tail lies inside it.Full Answer >
There are six subspecies of box turtles found in the U.S. and Mexico. A distinctive feature all box turtles have is a bi-lobed, hinged plasteron that allows them to close their shell almost completely. Males are slightly larger than females. Box turtles prefer a body temperature range of between 84 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and the temperature in their environment affects their level of activity.Full Answer >
To find the age of a snapping turtle, very carefully count the rings around one section of his shell while staying away from his powerful jaws. It is best to start counting the outer ring first and work toward the center. The number of rings is equal to the turtle's age.Full Answer >