Usually 25-35 years, but can live more than 100 years!
Native to Eastern U.S., found near ponds, fields, meadows and woodlands; predominantly terrestrial as adults.
All have a High-domed, rounded carapace (hard upper shell) with a plastron (underside of shell) that is hinged: this allows retraction of the head and all 4 limbs into the shell and almost complete closure. This provides an excellent defense when threatened by predators. Another unique feature is that if the shell becomes damaged it can actually regenerate!
Omnivorous with large variety in the wild from berries, roots and flowers to insects, eggs and small amphibians; here at TSZ they are fed salad with leafy greens, veggies, fruits, pellets and occasional earthworms and mealworms