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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
The king vulture has a more powerful beak than other South American vultures and often makes the first tear into a large carcass.
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