Franklin Park Zoo is Sold Out on Sunday, April 11. We hope you can visit on another day!

Know Before You Go: We've modified the Zoo experience in accordance with public guidance and health recommendations. Please review our FAQs (FPZ and SZ) before your visit. Members:​ Online reservations are required for your visit.

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Eastern Box Turtle

Terrapene carolina

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About the Eastern Box Turtle

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Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Emydidae
Genus: Terrapene
Species: carolina

The six subspecies of box turtles have varied shell shapes, patterns and colorations. They have two unifying characteristics: their ability to completely close their shell (concealing and protecting their heads and all appendages) and their two-layered, high-domed carapace, or upper shell. Box turtles have a strong homing instinct and will try to find their way back if removed from their territory for any reason.