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Different types of box turtles.

Discussion in 'American box turtles' started by TortMom6, Oct 11, 2018 at 3:55 PM.

  1. TortMom6

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    I was reading some posts where people were looking for help identifying types of box turtles. I never realize there were so many types of box turtle. I've always assumed my rescue was a three-toed because he has three toes on his hind feet. Now I'm wondering if that is correct.

    Also, if different types live in a similar environment and crossed paths could they interbreed? I'm not planning on trying this! I was just curious if there were hybrid box turtles too. And if so is naturally occurring in the wild or would it is only be caused by human interference in captivity? IMG_20180830_183545.jpeg IMG_20180830_183532.jpeg
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    You definitely have a three toed box turtle. There are several species of box turtle in North America. Where different species natural ranges overlap interbreeding can and does happen. Some of the scientific and even common names in the list below have been updated recently, but most people are slow to adopt the new names:
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    You have a 3 toed. Yes, integrades occur both in the wild and in captivity. I have a 3 toed/gulf coast integrade. Here she is. 20180804_090940.jpg
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    She's beautiful!
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