The three-toed turtle differs from other box turtles because they have three toes on their hind feet. Other box turtles have four toes on their back feet. Their feet are not webbed for swimming, but are equipped with claws. They are mainly land dwellers and are most likely to be seen in the morning hours or right after rainfall. The box turtle has a unique hinged shell that allows it to enclose its body inside its shell to avoid predators.
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Location: This animal is not on exhibit. It is part of our educational collection and may only be seen in programs inside or outside of the zoo.
Arrived at EPZ: Scooter - 2002; Urma - 2000