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Go WILD over Spring Break!

We are open 10:00 - 2:00 for self guided tours from March 22 - March 31

Our Mission: Saving Wildlife

Eastern Box Turtle


Terrapane carolina carolina

  • Classification: Reptile
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 50yrs, possible 100+yrs
  • Length: 4-6in
  • Range: United States - Eastern coast, as far west as Michigan, Illinois, Eastern Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas
  • Habitat: open woodlands, pastures, marshy meadows
    • Diet in the Wild: snails, berries, fungi, slugs, worms, roots, flowers, fish, frogs, salamanders, snakes, birds, eggs, insects
    • Diet at Wildlife Images: leafy greens, veggies, fruit, mealworms, snails, crickets

Box turtles are most famous for their brightly patterned hinged shell, which allows them to retract almost completely into their bony armor to hide from danger. Their shells also regenerate at an incredible rate, surprisingly able to heal from harsh wounds. Another fun fact about box turtles is that they can be toxic if consumed. They often eat poisonous mushrooms and the toxins can linger in their tissue, making them a poisonous choice for a meal. Box turtles will stay in the same place as long as they have their needs met (food, water, mates) and they hibernate in the winter by burrowing into leaf litter.

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11845 Lower River Rd., Grants Pass, OR 97526
P.O. Box 36, Merlin OR 97532

Our hours have recently changed.

  • Office/Gift Shop Hours: 9AM - 4PM
  • Guided Tours:  Call for availability  -  541-476-0222
  • Self-Guided: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday 10:00 - 2:00                                                                  
  • Adults $14 | Seniors $12
  • Children (ages 4-13) $7
  • Children ages 3 and under by donation

Our Mission: Saving Wildlife

In this pursuit we aim to:

  • Involve people to share in our mission.
  • Educate people about the personal benefits of taking care of wildlife and the environment entrusted to our care.
  • Inspire people to make positive changes improving the world for wildlife.

We Need Your Help

With over 115 animal ambassadors, and over 1,000 sick injured and orphaned animals brought to our center each year - every dollar counts. We rely solely on people like yourself to support the work we do.

We receive no State or Federal funding and depend entirely on private funds to carry out our Mission.