Ornate Box Turtle - Terrapene ornata

Description

Habitat

This is a prairie turtle, prefering treeless plains with grass and scattered low brush. Ranges from Illinois, Iowa, South Dakota, and eastern Wyoming south to southwestern Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, southeastern Arizona, and into Sonora and Chihuahua, Mexico.

Behavior

Reproduction

Food

Mainly carnivorous with insects such as beetles, grasshoppers, and caterpillars making up some 90% of the diet. Dung beetles are a favorite food. Will take carrion and berries as well. In captivity, will eat more vegetable matter.


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