McCord’s box turtle
At the Detroit Zoo
The McCord’s box turtle can be found inside the Holden Reptile Conservation Center, located near the middle of the park. There, visitors can learn about the 70 different species (and approximately 275 individuals) of reptiles at the Detroit Zoo, one-fifth of which are considered threatened or endangered in the wild.
This turtle has yellow skin with brown and black stripes along its head with a brownish shell. It is able to completely protect itself by bringing in its head and limbs.
Scientific name: Cuora mccordi
Habitat: Little to unknown in the wild. It tends to be an aquatic turtle that likes to hide in burrows throughout the day.
Size: 5-7 inches
Weight: 1.5 pounds
Diet: Insects, plants
Reproduction: Relatively unknown because it is thought to be extinct in the wild.
Conservation Status: Critically Endangered