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box turtle

n.
1. Any of several chiefly terrestrial turtles of the genus Terrapene of North America, having a domed carapace and a hinged bottom shell that pulls up against the carapace, allowing the animal to become completely encased within its shell.
2. Any of various terrestrial or aquatic turtles of the genera Cuora and Pyxidea of China and Southeast Asia, having a similar appearance to American box turtles. In both senses also called box tortoise.

box′ tur`tle


n.
any chiefly terrestrial North American turtle of the genus Terrapene, having a hinged shell that can be tightly shut. Also called box′ tor`toise.
[1795–1805, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.box turtle - chiefly terrestrial turtle of North Americabox turtle - 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
Translations
tortue-boîte
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The mainland China population of the yellow-margined box turtle, a terrestrial species, is considered critically endangered due to habitat loss and over-collection, while the Taiwanese population has also declined in recent decades due to expansion of agricultural lands and illegal collecting.
It's illegal to ride a manatee in Florida or sell a box turtle in Indiana, but you can pet a bear cub in Michigan.
Within the Emydidae, melanization could be induced by dark substrates in Sliders, two Map Turtle Species, but not in the terrestrial Eastern Box Turtle.
The student's enthusiasm is very refreshing, so you get up, look into the bucket, and see that he has captured a box turtle.