Ornate Box Turtle

ZOO LOCATION: Scutes Family Gallery

IUCN Status: Near Threatened

Habitat: One of only two species of terrestrial turtles native to the Great Plains of the United States, this turtle is also the state reptile of Kansas. They are categorized as near threatened on IUCN's Red List and are currently a protected species in Colorado. Throughout its range, these turtles prefers to be in more terrestrial ecosystems with small amounts of water.

Characteristics: Ornate box turtles are known for their ability to close-up like a box.