Outdoors by the numbers ... 50 years
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Documented lifespan of the Eastern Box Turtle. The turtles are declining in population in Pennsylvania due to loss of habitat, pollution, inability to find mates, death by vehicles, being taken for the retail pet trade and by predators. Last week, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed a bill that would designate the Eastern Box Turtle the official state reptile. The bill is pending Senate approval.
Source: State Rep. Lawrence Curry, D-Montgomery/Phila.
First Published May 10, 2009 12:00 am