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 (see Josh's added Ornate shots below).

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. Youngsters may be marked like the species below. This guy could have been older than I am now. Something to do with a life lived in blasting heat and sandstorms no doubt. You can, I think, just make out some of the formerly ornate lines on the shell plates.

This is the true  Terrapene ornata ornata. And look at that thing. Josh found it crossing a road near Midland Texas, while he was out there being tortured by the oil and gas industry. He was cruising the roads. Both Josh and the turtle. I think Josh was amazed by it. And why not? I have never found one in Arkansas.
And the top view. Striking pattern.

And the amazing underside. Supposedly these are mostly in the western river valley in my state and in northwest Arkansas. It is supposed to be about the same size as our Three-toes overall and these markings on the shell segments you can barely see in this Desert subspecies. In far west Texas and New Mexico the Ornate and Desert overlap and some intergrades occur.

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.