box turtle noun
: any of several North American land turtles (genus Terrapene) capable of withdrawing into their shell and closing it by hinged joints in the lower half —called also box tortoise
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box turtle noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Any of several species of terrestrial turtles found in the U.S. and Mexico (genus Terrapene) or the subtropical and tropical regions of Asia (genus Cuora). Box turtles have a high, rounded upper shell (carapace) that grows to a maximum length of about 7 in. (18 cm). The lower shell (plastron) is hinged across the centre and can be drawn very tightly against the carapace to form a protective box that completely encloses the turtle's soft parts. Box turtles feed on earthworms, insects, mushrooms, and berries and are often kept as pets.
Box turtle (Terrapene carolina)—John H. Gerard
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