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.
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Natural history of the ornate box turtle, Terrapeneornata ornata Agassiz.A Distributional Study of the Amphibians of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Mexico | William E. Duellman
Silent—so long that a box turtle placed a blundering claw on his shoe before it understood that Reuben was no rock.Wilderness of Spring | Edgar Pangborn
Natural history of the ornate box turtle, Terrapene ornata ornata Agassiz.Natural History of the Bell Vireo, Vireo bellii Audubon | Jon C. Barlow
Wear on the shell of a box turtle reduces the thickness of scutes, as does the shedding of scutes in the aquatic emyids mentioned.
The plastron of a juvenal box turtle is not completely immovable.