Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts names ornate box turtle the state reptile

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Courtesy Gov. Pete Ricketts' Office

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – One turtle species had reason to “shell-ebrate” on Friday.

During a ceremony at the Schramm Education Center, Gov. Pete Ricketts proclaimed the ornate box turtle as Nebraska’s state reptile.

“Nebraskans take pride in caring for the natural world, including our wildlife and their habitats,” Ricketts said in a press release.  “Ornate box turtles are especially popular here in the Good Life.  Thank you to Nebraska Game and Parks for educating the next generation about our state’s rich biodiversity.”

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission wildlife specialist, Monica Macoubrie, led a live turtle exploration activity for students after the proclamation was made.

The ornate box turtle lives in grasslands throughout most of Nebraska, according to a press release.

It is one of 48 reptile species that inhabit Nebraska.

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