Petting Zoo Personality: Charlie the Eastern Box Turtle


The Eastern Box is semi-aquatic, omnivorous, and native to the eastern part of the United States. In the wild, box turtles may live 80 years or more, but in captivity they may live to only 40. Box Turtles cannot reproduce until they are 10 or 20 years of age, and 80% of those born do not survive their first year. They have a homing instinct that causes many of them to refuse to eat until they are “home” once again. For these reasons, their population is in danger.



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