Box Turtle Partnership of Texas Page

The Gulf Coast Turtle and Tortoise Society
is proud to be a member of the
Box Turtle Partnership of Texas

The Box Turtle Partnership of Texas FAQ (PDF)

Box Turtle Partnership of Texas Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers) Document in PDF.

What to do if you find a Box Turtle

The Race to Save the Texas Box Tutles (PDF)

The Race to Save the Texas Box Turtle in PDF. This document includes information gathering forms that you can use to help save the Texas Box Turtle. Please review the forms and use them to report box turtles that you encounter in the wild and at pet stores. You will be adding to our knowledge of how box turtle are doing in Texas. This information will be shared with Texas Parks and Wildlife officials and with researchers studying wild populations of box turtles. The information will be shared anonymously.

Box Turtle ID 101:
Ornate and desert box turtles have lower, flatter top shells and may have spotted or yellow-greenish heads. Ornate box turtles and some desert box turtles have very dark shells with yellow dashes or lines on them.
Three-toed box turtles have somewhat higher, rounded top shells that tend to be plain brown or lightly spotted, and their bottom shells are plain yellowish. The three-toed box turtle may have a top shell with a keel, a slight raised ridge, running down part of it.
All box turtles have bottom shells that are hinged across the middle so that the two sections can be pulled closed. The top shell of an adult box turtle is about 4.5 inches front to back.
If you take a photo and send it to us, this would help confirm identification (please send digital photos if possible, as we cannot return any materials sent to us).

Report a box turtle sighting in the field.

Box Turtles in Texas - Michael Smith

A Review of Natural History and Call for Conservation Action


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