Nearly statewide, but population levels decrease in the east,
therefore it is sometimes referred to as the western box turtle.
There are two species of box turtles in Oklahoma, the three-toed
box turtle, Terrapene carolina, and the ornate box turtle.
The ornate has a flatter, more boxed dome and the belly tends to
be highly patterned, or ornate, hence the name.
Box turtles are omnivorous, preferring to feed on fruits and
vegetation during the day. Like their close relatives the tortoises,
they are excellent burrowers, highly territorial, and have relatively
long lifespans. Although they do well in captivity, it is discouraged
to remove them from the wild due to their territoriality and longevity.