Is This One Older?

No,this is the younger box turtle. Look at the top of the turtle’s shell, called the carapace. This is covered with what are called scutes. Each year of life adds one more ring, or layer of growth to each scute on a turtle’s shell. Though this picture doesn’t show much of the turtle’s shell, you can see that there are no ridges on the scutes. This is a young turtle! Click here to look at an older turtle.

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