Box turtles are North American turtles of the genus Terrapene. Although box turtles are superficially similar to tortoises in terrestrial habits and overall appearance, they are actually members of the American pond turtle family (Emydidae). The twelve taxa which are distinguished in the genus are distributed over four species. They are largely characterized by having a domed shell, which is hinged at the bottom, allowing the animal to close its shell tightly to escape predators.
Box Turtle Species
- Common Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina)
- Coahuilan Box Turtle (Terrapene coahuila)
- Mexican Box Turtle (Terrapene mexicana)
- Spotted Box Turtle (Terrapene nelsoni)
- Ornate Box Turtle (Terrapene ornata)
- Yucatán Box Turtle (Terrapene yucatana)
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