Eastern Box Turtle Incubation

Nov 6, 2020

The eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina), also known as land turtle, is a subspecies within a group of hinge-shelled turtles, normally called box turtles. T. c. carolina is native to the eastern part of the United States.

Reproduction for the eastern box turtle can occur at any point throughout the late spring, summer, and early fall months, but egg-laying is most likely to occur in May and June, when rain is frequent. Nest site selection is vital to egg development, as predation and temperature are primary concerns. Incubation ranges widely depending on temperature, but averages 50 to 70 days.