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box turtle

any of several chiefly terrestrial turtles of the genus Terrapene, of North America, having a hinged plastron that can be tightly shut to enclose and protect the body.
Also called box tortoise.
Origin of box turtle
1795-1805, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The upper shell of the ornate box turtle is normally brown with numerous yellow lines radiating from the center of each scute.
  • Coyotes have been known to dig at a box turtle's shell for half an hour, only to give up with the turtle none worse for the wear.

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