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Eastern Box Turtle

Terrapene carolina

Description:

Box Turtles are the most common terrestrial turtle in the eastern United States. They are small to medium sized turtles, attaining a maximum length of about 8 inches and having a highly domed carapace. A key characteristic of box turtles is their hinged plastron (bottom of the shell) that can be shut completely to exclude predators. Although mud, musk, and blandings turtles also posses hinged shells, they cannot be closed completely

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artistatheart

Alabama, USA

Spotted on Aug 3, 2010
Submitted on Oct 19, 2011

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