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State Reptile: Turtle

Emblem: Eastern Box Turtle

See also: Eastern Box Turtle


Eastern Box Turtle

The General Assembly of 1979 designated the turtle (Terrapene carolina) as the official State Reptile for North Carolina. (Session Laws, 1979, c. 154).

§ 145-9.  State reptile.

The turtle is adopted as the official State reptile of the State of North Carolina, and the eastern box turtle is designated as the emblem representing the turtles inhabiting North Carolina. (1979, c. 154, s. 1.)

More information about the Eastern Box Turtle is available in the Eastern Box Turtle article from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission.

Additional Resources:

Associated Press. "Turtle wins final approval as state reptile." Wilmington Morning Star. March 17, 1979. 7-C. (accessed October 7, 2013).

Bond, Sharon. "Turtle Gets The Nod From State House." The Dispatch [Lexington, N.C.]. March 1, 1979. 12. (accessed October 7, 2013).

Harden, Leigh Anne. "Meet our State Reptile, the Eastern Box Turtle." North Carolina Herpetological Society. 2006. (accessed October 7, 2013).




Is there any more website's about turtles (any kind of turtle).


Thanks for using NCpedia. Here is a link to some more information on the Eastern Box Turtle in NCpedia: Good luck in your turtle research!

Emily Horton, Government & Heritage Library, State Library of NC


i love turtles!!!!!!! when i found out you couldnt puchase them in the state of NC i did 12 laps around my house screaming..... do you know why you cant purchase them in the state of NC?


probly because they r endangered.


The sale of turtles with shells smaller than four inches was banned by the federal goverment in 1975 because such turtles can spread the disease Salmonella to humans:

North Carolina banned the sale of all turtles in 1976 due to these concerns. Here are some links from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services:

Mike Childs, Government and Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina


not helpful




i love eastern box turtle


so adorable


adorable >=P


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