is a Terrapene ornata species of North American box turtle sometimes referred to as the western box turtle or ornate box turtle.
Taxonomy [ edit ]
There are two
subspecies of T. ornata:
Description [ edit ]
T. ornata have a shell that is less domed than other species of box turtle, appearing to be slightly flattened. Their coloration is generally black or dark brown, with yellow striping. T. o. luteola tends to have more striping than T. o. ornata.
T. ornata ornata is found in the central United States from western Indiana, to eastern Texas and into Louisiana. T. ornata luteola inhabits the driest areas of all the box turtle species, and is found in western Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and adjoining areas of northern Mexico.
Conservation [ edit ]
Indiana, the ornate box turtle is listed as an endangered species. [2 ]
The species became the official
state reptile of Kansas in 1986. [3 ] [4 ]
References [ edit ]
Shearer, Benjamin F.; Shearer, Barbara S. (1994). State names, seals, flags, and symbols (2nd ed.). Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 0-313-28862-3.
External links [ edit ]