Zoo Buddy: Ornate Box Turtle!

The Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo has so many different types of turtles, including ornate box turtles.
Published: Sep. 14, 2022 at 8:27 AM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - In this week’s Zoo Buddy segment, we’re meeting some ornate box turtles at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo!

“I brought these guys on because not many people see these guys in Louisiana,” says General Curator Lisa Taylor. “They’re from North America, typically they are found from the rocky mountains all the way down the Mississippi river. And they live in a variety of different habitats so they like mountainous areas, they like grassy plains, they like the desert area, and they like the Louisiana marshes.”

She says they like to burrow into the ground, which could be why you don’t see them too often.

The zoo is open every day of the week between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can call (318) 329-2138 for more information and check their Facebook page for an update on their new sloth enclosure!