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Box Turtle Eastern basic information

When full grown, Eastern Box Turtles are typically 4.5 to 6 inches long (11 to 15 centimeters), but they can grow to nearly 8 inches (20 centimeters). The Eastern Box Turtle has a high-domed, rounded, keeled carapace. The keel is much more pronounced in younger individuals. The plastron consists of an anterior and a posterior lobe, which are joined by a flexible hinge. The toes are clawed and somewhat webbed. Adult females tend to have very long, slightly curved rear claws. The males' rear claws are usually shorter, thicker, and more curved than the females'. Coloration and markings are highly variable. The ground color of the skin and carapace is usually a shade of olive or brown, but the carapace may be nearly black. The skin and carapace are decorated with yellow or orange lines, blotches, and spots. The markings on the carapace tend to fade in older box turtles. Males typically have brighter skin markings than females and red eyes, whereas the females usually have yellowish or brown eyes. The plastron is dull yellow with a darker central area and sometimes has dark lines or other markings. Adult males have a somewhat concave posterior lobe, while the female's is flat or may be slightly convex.

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