One of New Jersey’s native turtles is the Eastern Box Turtle. It has a high, dome-shaped upper shell (carapace) and a hinged bottom shell (plastron) that allows the turtle to fully close its head and legs inside. Their shells can vary in color but are usually brownish-black with yellowish-orange splotches, spots or lines. Eastern Box Turtles are listed as a Species of Special Concern in New Jersey. Populations are currently declining because they are vulnerable to deteriorating environments, habitat changes and are often taken from the wild for use in the illegal pet trade.
Photo credit: Collaborative to Combat the Illegal Trade in Turtles
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