Eastern box turtles can grow up to 8 inches in length from head to tail. Female eastern box turtles are typically larger than males. Most eastern box turtles are between 4.5 to 6 inches in length.
Eastern box turtles are very slow to mature and can live more than 100 years in the wild, although their life spans in captivity are significantly shorter. The eastern box turtle is a common species east of Texas. It is capable of living in the northern parts of the United States, as it hibernates underground during winter. The eastern box turtle is terrestrial, living on prairies and in forests. The diet of this turtle is omnivorous and often includes worms, grubs, grasses and fallen fruits. The highly domed, well camouflaged shell of the eastern box turtle protects it from predators.