About this Species 

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Name:Ornate Box Turtle
Scientific Name: Terrapene ornata
Description:This land turtle’s top shell can grow to about 5½ inches long. It has a dark top shell with yellow or orange lines circling the top. The bottom shell is dark with lines in all directions and has hinges at the neck and tail. Legs have orange spots. Females have yellow or brown eyes; males often have bright red eyes.
Habit:They avoid forests and live in grasslands. Ornate box turtles are active from mid-April until early October. They eat grasshoppers, caterpillars, dung beetles, fruit, tadpoles, dead animals and sometimes sand and small stones. Females build nests in soft soil and lay up to eight hard-shelled eggs each year. They can live up to 40 years.
State Occurrence: Western and central Arkansas. Arkansas is in danger of losing these turtles; it is illegal to possess them.
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Suzanne Collins