Herpetofauna - One Life's List

Three-Toed Box Turtle
Terrapene carolina triunguis

Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis Co., Missouri.  Spring 1973
 

A family picnic in Jefferson Barracks Park led to the discovery of my first triunguis, crossing a trail in a patch of deep woods.  The 'Barracks' was close to my house, and subsequently I found dozens of Three Toes there - I can remember finding seventeen on a warm afternoon in late September.  It's always good to run across one of these old friends in the field.  The Three-Toe in the picture is one I have adopted, a turtle abandoned in east-central Illinois, hundred of miles from home.  Her color is one typical type of triunguis - horn-colored shell, bright markings on the head, neck, and face.  Many triunguis have an olive-green shell without pattern. The three toes in the name refer to the count on each hind foot, although sometimes they have four.
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