EMYSystem Species Page: Terrapene carolina
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Emydidae (Pond Turtles)
SubfamilySubfamily Emydinae (Emydine Turtles)
GenusGenus Terrapene (Box Turtles)
SpeciesSpecies Terrapene carolina (Common Box Turtle)
range of species Terrapene carolina
approximate range
Original Description Linnaeus 1758 : 198
Type Locality Carolina; restricted by Schmidt (1953:93) to vicinity of Charleston [Charleston Co.], South Carolina [USA]
Holotype Not located
Original name Testudo carolina
Common name Common Box Turtle
Distribution (Two maps) eastern USA; Nuevo Leon to Veracruz, Mexico; Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico; only representative records are plotted for the continuous portion of the range in the SE USA
Comments Includes Terrapene mexicana and Terrapene yucatana, according to Milstead (1967); although Ward (1980) suggests that the latter may deserve species status. Reviewed by Milstead (1969) and Ernst and McBreen (1991). Mexican subspecies reviewed by Smith and Smith (1979). In the Terrapene carolina group.
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