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State Reptile: Turtle

Emblem: Eastern Box Turtle

by Steven Case, 2007.
NC Government & Heritage Library.

See also: Eastern Box Turtle

Eastern box turtle, image from NC Wildlife Resources Commission. 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. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=XsksAAAAIBAJ&sjid=MxMEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4868%2C3697108 (accessed October 7, 2013).

Bond, Sharon. "Turtle Gets The Nod From State House." The Dispatch [Lexington, N.C.]. March 1, 1979. 12.  http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=Y1UcAAAAIBAJ&sjid=p1EEAAAAIBAJ&pg=7138%2C6079886 (accessed October 7, 2013).

Harden, Leigh Anne. "Meet our State Reptile, the Eastern Box Turtle." North Carolina Herpetological Society. 2006. http://ncherps.org/state-herp-symbols/ (accessed October 28, 2014).

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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:

http://www.ncdhhs.gov/pressrel/2007/4-17-07aturtlesflyer.pdf

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:

http://www.ncdhhs.gov/pressrel/2007/12-21-07.htm

http://www.ncdhhs.gov/pressrel/2007/4-17-07a.htm

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

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not helpful

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TOO CUTE!

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i love eastern box turtle

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so adorable

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adorable >=P

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AWWWW... SO CUTE!

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Give me info on the eatern box turtle to my north carolina project.

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Sure! There's a lot more information on this page: http://ncpedia.org/wildlife/box-turtle

Good luck on your project!

Michelle Underhill, Government & Heritage Library

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awwwwww adorible!

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i love them they are so cute and so cool

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