Eastern Box Turtle – 9/3/17

Observer: Zahava Friedman

Observation Date: 9/3/17

Observation Time: 6:45 p.m.

Observation Location: along Gavins Pond Rd.

Common Name: Eastern Box Turtle

Scientific Name: Terrapene carolina 

Comments: This specimen was discovered by Zahava’s dog, Yoshi, when they were out for a walk. Box turtles are a species of special concern. They are vulnerable to getting run over by cars. Although box turtles can live over 100 years, females do not reach sexual maturity until they are about 13 years old.

More Information: Natural History and Endangered Species

What to do if you find a turtle: https://www.mass.gov/guides/turtles-of-massachusetts#turtles-in-the-road