This page holds land loving turtles. This is an exquisite facial shot of our Three-toed Box Turtle, Terrapene carolina triunguis. Certainly our most common in the state. This must be an ancient individual. Or else it just has excellent color genes. This is a male. Most encounters with Box turtles in Arkansas are with this species.

An adult wandering in spring in Camp Robinson near the swamp. Many, many wanderers in May on the roads and in the woods. Note the small squared ridge in the shell center. This is not present in the Ornate Box Turtle.

Shot of a young Three-toed with excellent shell markings. This species does indeed have three toes on the hind legs. The Ornate has four.

And a nice adult Bell Slough Three-toe.

A very bland looking Box Turtle except for that penetrating red eye. This one was toodling around in the desert east of Portal, Arizona. This would be a fine example of the Desert Box Turtle, Terrapene ornata luteola, wearing the worn and "bone-colored" look. Apparently some adults are known for washing out in the tough desert life. Especially older individuals. This guy could have been older than I am now. Something to do with a life lived in basting heat and sandstorms no doubt. You can, I think, make out some of the formerly ornate lines on the shell plates.

Apparently we have eight or nine sites in Arkansas for the Ornate Box Turtle, Terrapene ornata ornata, the other subspecies for this creature. These are mostly in the river valley and in northwest Arkansas. It is much smaller overall and has bright markings on the shell segments which you can barely see in this Desert guy.

A whopping excellent Gopher Tortoise, Gopherus polyphemus. I did not measure the shell length but it was easily over twelve to fourteen inches. These are protected creatures in Florida where they can be found in the open brushy areas just about anywhere. One of the things worth running down to the peninsula for.