box tortoise


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Noun1.Box tortoise - chiefly terrestrial turtle of North Americabox tortoise - chiefly terrestrial turtle of North America; shell can be closed tightly
turtle - any of various aquatic and land reptiles having a bony shell and flipper-like limbs for swimming
genus Terrapene, Terrapene - box turtles
Terrapene ornata, Western box turtle - primarily a prairie turtle of western United States and northern Mexico
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Shellshocked Southport Zoo keepers feared the rare North American Box tortoises would die without proper care.
Zoo director Carol Petrie said the North American Box tortoises, the smallest in the world, would die without proper care.
The owners of the North American Box tortoises, the smallest species in the world, said they would die without proper care.