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Desert Box Turtle (Terrapene ornata luteola)
Ornate Box Turtle (Terrapene ornata)
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Desert Box Turtle (Terrapene ornata luteola)

General Description: Desert Box Turtle (Terrapene ornata luteola) are high-domed land turtles with hinged plastron such that when alarmed, the turtle can pull is and completely close up the shell. The shell is black with many yellow lines. With a hooked bill, these turtles are capable of delivering a nasty bite.

Taxonomy: Sliders (Emydidae). Also called Western Box Turtle.

Where to Find: Don't look for Desert Box Turtles around Las Vegas. Rather, look for them from southern Arizona to west Texas and south into the border regions of Mexico.

Desert Box Turtle (Terrapene ornata luteola)
Live animal show - Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
Desert Box Turtle (Terrapene ornata luteola)
Live animal show - Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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