Animal Ambassadors of the Salt Marsh Nature Center

Meet Charlie, our resident Eastern Box Turtle.

Turtles are omnivores, which means that he eats both meat and plants, such as salad, and worms, and basically anything he can catch. Charlie does not have teeth, but breaks up his food with his beak! (which is very sharp). Box turtles usually live for 25-35 years, but they have been known to live for over 100 years. They do not grow out of their shells,; their shells grow with them.! Imagine wearing the same clothing for 100 years! And yes, they can sleep underwater.

Say hello to Charlie the next time you visit the Salt Marsh Nature Center.