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Eastern Box Turtle May 2011

Eastern Box Turtle Terrapene carolina

The plastron (the bottom part of the shell) of box turtles can bend allowing the turtle to shut its shell after it pulls its head and front legs in. Mud turtles, which are also common at Elms, have two hinges.

Found by students visiting the Elms May 2011.

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