Name: Pumpkin, Twinkle, Tojo
Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina)
Native to Fairfax County
Pumpkin, Twinkle and Tojo help the naturalists teach families, scouts and school children about reptiles. Visitors enjoy meeting our turtles up close and many are impressed with how quickly the turtles can walk!
Pumpkin and Twinkle were given to an animal rehabilitator after they were found with injuries. The turtles recovered in good health, but Pumpkin is missing a front right foot and Twinkle is missing a back left foot. Legs are important to turtles because turtles need to dig deep into the soil to protect themselves from cold winters. Tojo, our third turtle, has been a long time resident of Riverbend Park.
Box turtles can live to be 100+ years old. In the wild, box turtles eat berries, earthworms and insects. Box turtles can even eat poisonous mushrooms and it doesn't bother them!
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