What type of tortoise is this

Maro2Bear

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Yep, looks and sounds like an Eastern Box turtle.

From Wiki: Eastern box turtles have 5 toes on each front leg, and normally 4 toes on each hind leg, although some individuals may possess 3 toes on each hind leg. Staying small in size, most range from 4.5 to 6 inches, but occasionally reach over 7 inches.
 

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Box turtle, release it close to where you found it.
 

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it is an eastern box turtle , native to N.Carolina ......... not that it should be , but i think it might be legal to collect them from the wild there ....... hopefully the states where they can be legally collected stop that practice in the near future ........
 

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it's young , they'll come in .....
 

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The colors don’t appear to make it in Eastern box turtle... Does that matter

Eastern box turtles have the most variability in terms of colors and markings. I’ve seen easterns that have very dull pale shells with light markings to some that were almost completely black. They can be red, orange, yellow, brown, black and sometimes almost blueish or any combination of those. Some have very bold markings while others are more dull. The males will more likely have brighter bolder colors but females sometimes will be just as colorful. Yours looks rather young so it may not have reached the age where all it’s true colors come out. Up until sexual maturity, young box turtles are usually dull brown with very few markings which helps them hide until they are large enough to dissuade most predators.
 

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The colors don’t appear to make it in Eastern box turtle... Does that matter

Regardless, you need to return it to where the person who brought it to you found it. It is absolutely not ok to keep it, and you have done no research or prepared an enclosure for it beforehand. It definitely needs to be returned.
 

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i checked and do believe it is not legal to collect eastern box turtles from the wild in north carolina ........


http://www.ncwildlife.org/Portals/0/WDCA/documents/herps.pdf

Non-protected turtles (snappers, mud, and musk turtles) may be collected (trapped) and eaten if fewer than FOUR reptiles are collected in a season. If 5 or more reptiles are to be trapped, a license must be obtained from the WRC.  With permit: Individuals shall collect no more than 10 turtles from the family Chelydridae (snapping turtles) per day and no more than 100 per calendar year.  With permit: Individuals shall collect no more than 10 turtles from the family Kinosternidae (mud and musk turtles) per day and no more than 100 per calendar year.
Protected turtles: No licenses or permits for capture or destruction of protected turtles (sliders, cooters, box, bog turtles, etc) can be issued.
 

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