Eastern Box Turtle
About the Eastern Box Turtle
The six subspecies of box turtles have varied shell shapes, patterns and colorations. They have two unifying characteristics: their ability to completely close their shell (concealing and protecting their heads and all appendages) and their two-layered, high-domed carapace, or upper shell. Box turtles have a strong homing instinct and will try to find their way back if removed from their territory for any reason.
You Can Find This Animal in the Little Critters Exhibit
Thinking "Inside the Box"
The eastern box turtle has a hinge connecting the two lobes of the plastron, or bottom shell, which allows the shell to bend, enclosing the head, feet, and tail in a protective “box."