Georgia

Box Turtle – Terrapene carolina

  • Status – Vulnerable
  • Estimated numbers – Less than 10,000
  • Population trend – Decreasing
  • Location – The eastern box turtle lives in the eastern United States, from eastern Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas to the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Why are they under threat – Habitat destruction is a significant threat to box turtles. Other threats include habitat fragmentation and degradation, predation, inadequacy of regulatory mechanisms and incompatible use of herbicides in forest management. Intentional removal of large numbers of animals for the domestic and international pet trade has largely stopped, but incidental collection of animals as personal pets and for and ‘turtle racing’ continues.
  • What can you do – You can help box turtles by working with agencies to manage turtle habitats. Work with local, county and state elected officials to set aside habitat for wildlife. Ask for green spaces, corridors and wildlife tunnels in and around developments. Go to Turtle Conservancy to help protect turtles around the world.
  • Species foundation www.boxturtles.com

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