You don’t see many of these now-a-days—dead or alive. This is the shell of a deceased Ornate Box Turtle.
Decades ago these turtles were very common in the North Texas area. As a boy, I use to stumble across one almost every time I ventured into the woods. Something has happened to the turtle population in the intervening years.
Nobody knows for certain what the problem is, but its been decades since I’ve seen one. That is why I was so excited to find this shell. Even a deceased Ornate Box Turtle is something to get jazzed about.
This shell appears to have belonged to a young, slightly-less-than-full-grown female. Where there is one, there must be more!