Fairfield Glade residents Jim and Nona said they enjoyed watching this terrapin visit them at their home recently. This female is a Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina) which was designated as the Tennessee State Reptile in 1995. The beautiful turtles have a lifespan between 30 to 60 years. The box turtle will never venture far from its birth home so if you find one on the road just move it out of harms way don’t take it home or anywhere else and release it as it can be very harmful and even deadly to the reptile not to mention that in Tennessee it is illegal to keep any animal taken from the wild as a pet.
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