Gulf Coast box turtle

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Gulf Coast box turtle
Terrapene carolina major 2.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Emydidae
Genus: Terrapene
Species: T. carolina
Subspecies: T. c. major
Trinomial name
Terrapene carolina major
(Agassiz, 1857)
Synonyms[1]
  • Cistudo major Agassiz, 1857
  • Cistudo carolina var. major
    Boulenger, 1889
  • Terrapene major Baur, 1891
  • Toxaspis major Cope, 1895
  • Terrapene major M.J. Allen, 1932
  • Terrapene carolina major
    Carr, 1940
  • Terrapene major major
    – Wilms, 1999

The Gulf Coast box turtle (Terrapene carolina major) is the largest subspecies of the North American box turtle (Terrapene carolina).

Description[edit]

Gulf Coast box turtles have a domed shell which can grow to 8 inches in shell length. It is generally dark brown or black in color, with yellow striping or blotching, the amount of blotching or striping can vary greatly.

Geographic range[edit]

The Gulf Coast box turtle can be found along the Gulf of Mexico from the state of Louisiana to the state of Florida.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

Intergrading with other subspecies of box turtle that it shares range with is not uncommon.

Habitat[edit]

They are often found around estuaries and swampy regions, near shallow, permanent bodies of water.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fritz, Uwe; Peter Havaš (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World". Vertebrate Zoology 57 (2): 198–199. Archived from the original on 2010-12-17. Retrieved 29 May 2012.