Box turtles are found all over the United States and Mexico. The most common is the eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina). Many people have box turtles as pets. But finding a turtle on the road and keeping it as a pet is illegal in many states, because the box turtle is considered a threatened species. In the wild, the eastern box turtle likes woodland habitats, where it can feed on insects, slugs, worms and fallen fruit. They play an important role in spreading around fruit tree seeds, such as black cherry and summer grapes. The eastern box turtle is found from Maine to Georgia and west to Tennessee, Michigan and Illinois. If you find a box turtle on a road, help it across in the direction it was heading, but don’t take it home with you.