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box turtle,

hard-shelled land turtleturtle,
a reptile of the order Chelonia, with strong, beaked, toothless jaws and, usually, an armorlike shell. The shell normally consists of bony plates overlaid with horny shields.
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 of the genus Terrapene, native to North America. Its lower shell, or plastron, has a hinge dividing it into front and rear sections; the animal can raise these sections to meet the upper shell, or carapacecarapace
, shield, or shell covering, found over all or part of the anterior dorsal portion of an animal. In lobsters, shrimps, crayfish, and crabs, the carapace is the part of the exoskeleton that covers the head and thorax and protects the dorsal and lateral surfaces.
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, forming a secure box around its body. It is primarily a vegetarian, although it also eats insects, earthworms, and slugs. The box turtle hibernates during cold winters and mates in the spring. In summer the female buries from two to seven eggs, which hatch out in the early fall. The young often remain in the nest until the following spring. The Eastern box turtle, Terrapene carolina, is a woodland species found in the eastern and central United States. The Western species, T. ornata, is found in the grasslands of the central United States and northern Mexico. There are also several rare Mexican species. Box turtles are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Reptilia, order Chelonia, family Emydidae.
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Because the bottom shell of the box turtle is hinged, it can draw in its legs, tail, and head, totally closing off its openings to predators.
The tiny six-week-old Vietnamese box turtle, a critically endangered species, weighs just half an ounce.
The mainland China population of the yellow-margined box turtle, a terrestrial species, is considered critically endangered due to habitat loss and over-collection, while the Taiwanese population has also declined in recent decades due to expansion of agricultural lands and illegal collecting.
For the first time the United States is making a joint proposal with China - two proposals, in fact - one for protection for a group of freshwater box turtles, and another for a separate group of softshell turtles.
Last year, one of us asked a man where he obtained the bin of hatchling box turtles that were a lot less than 4 inches in length.
Survival and recruitment in a human-impacted population of ornate box turtles, Terrapene ornata, with recommendations for conservation and management.
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