Ornate Box Turtle


Ornate box turtle (Terrapene ornata ornata) 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 a relatively small turtle, that is currently listed as threatened in Illinois, but is of concern and protected in six Midwestern states (Colorado, Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, Kansas, and Wisconsin).  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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Box turtles are some of the most popular species of turtles for sale in the world. Box turtles are mostly found in North America and include the 3 toed, Eastern Western or Ornate box turtle for sale, as well as the Eastern box turtle for sale and a few other species. Also, asian sub species exist including both Asian box turtles and Chinese box turtle for sale. Baby box turtles for sale can be found throughout the year, but easier during the warm summer months.

Ornate box turtles for sale are some of the most colorful of all the box turtle families. Baby box turtles all do look similar, however they quickly start to look like their older counterparts as they mature. Certain states do not permit owning native box turtle species, so sometimes you will need to buy a box turtle for sale that is not native to your area. When considering any turtle or tortoise for sale, doing your homework and researching care ahead of time is key to successfully keeping them.

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cb hatchling, cb well started baby, cb yearling


Male, Female


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