Annie is a three-toed box turtle that came to live at Sea Turtle, Inc. in 2015. Although he is not native to the Rio Grande Valley, he is native to other parts of Texas. Sea Turtle, Inc. houses non- sea turtles as education animals to teach visitors the differences between different types of turtles. Annie is an important education ambassador and has traveled to almost every city in the Rio Grande Valley as part our Outreach Program!
Three toed box turtles are part of the “box” turtle genus, which are turtles who have a hinge on their bottom shell that allows them to completely enclose their head and limbs when threatened. This sub species is named for the three toes on their back feet. Their native range is from East Texas to the Florida Panhandle.