box turtle definition

  • noun:
    • Any of a number of North American land turtles of this genus Terrapene having a hinged plastron that pulls facing the carapace, allowing the animal in order to become totally encased within its shell. Also called box tortoise.
    • A turtle of this genus Terrapene (the united states package turtles), or of Cuora or Pyxidea (the Asian field turtles), characterised with a domed shell that's hinged at the end, enabling the animal to close its shell securely to escape predators.
    • the most popular name in the us associated with box-tortoise.
    • mainly terrestrial turtle of North America; layer is shut securely

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