Belzer: Field observations of North America’s eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina)

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Fig. 11 and 12 The box turtle gets its name from the extremely flexible hinge in its plastron which allows the plastron to close tightly against the carapace (like a box), protecting the withdrawn body parts.

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Photos by William Belzer © FFEPT - Fédération Francophone pour l'Elevage et la Protection des Tortues. HTML © 2009 Philadelphia Herpetological Society, Inc.