Bruce Explains Box Turtles: About the “Box”
I wanted to share this post from my turtle friend, Shannon along with a picture of the box turtle, Virginia, who lives at Turtle Bay.
Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! 🙂
Bruce, showing off his skills at “clamming up” by completely enclosing his body inside his shell.
Box turtles, regardless of how many toes they have, are called “box turtles” because of one unique trait they all share in common.
That trait is quite amazing. Every box turtle is able to pull all of its body parts – head, tail, legs and feet and claws, all of it – inside its shell and lock it all inside.
When a box turtle decides to “close down” – for example, to hide from a predator or a perceived threat – it pulls its top shell (carapace) and its bottom shell (plastron) together so they meet at all points around the box turtle’s body.
The reason the box turtle can get its carapace and plastron to touch completely while other turtles can’t is because of a unique hinge that occurs about halfway down on…
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