Ornate box turtle

Ornate box turtle

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Terrapene ornata ornata

The ornate box turtle is one of only two terrestrial species of turtles native to the Great Plains of the United States. It is one of the two different subspecies of Terrapene ornata. It is the state reptile of Kansas. It is currently listed as threatened in Illinois and is of concern and protected in six Midwestern states . The ornate box turtle is a relatively small turtle. Males and females generally look alike but males are often smaller; there is color variation with yellow lines from the center of the shell to the edges through gray, red-brown, or black coloration. Besides the size, males can be distinguished from females in several ways; a large curved inner claw on the back feet, a cloacal opening that is farther back in males, a longer and thicker tail, and reddish color on the legs and occasionally on the jaw.

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References

1. Ornate box turtle Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ornate_box_turtle
2. Ornate box turtle on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/21644/97429080

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