Eastern Box Turtle
(Terrapene Carolina Carolina)
Florida Box Turtle
(Terrapene Carolina bauri)
Florida Red Bellied Turtle
Hieroglyphic River Cooter
(Pseudemys concinna heiroglyphica)
Ornate Box Turtle
(Pseudemys floridana peninsularis)
of the shell (the carapace). Turtles are often found basking in the sun, a necessary activity for all cold-blooded (exothermic) animals. Stretching out their legs in the sunshine helps to warm their body temperature, enabling movement and food digestion.
The rounded dome-like shells of the box turtles indicate they are land dwellers. The flatter shells of the water turtles facilitate swimming in a watery environment.