State Symbols of Missouri
The State Reptile
On June 21, 2007, the three-toed box turtle (Terrapene carolina triunguis) became the official state reptile. Most Missourians are familiar with this land-dwelling turtle. Three-toed box turtles, as their name implies, typically have three hind toes. The hinged bottom shell allows the turtle to retreat inside as if enclosed in a box. Males have red eyes and females have brown eyes. (RSMo 10.175).