All 6 subspecies of box turtles are native to North America. Box turtles tend to be diurnal or active during the day. Box turtles can tuck their head, limbs and tail into their shell, giving them their name, box turtle. Their shell has a hinge that allows it to close tightly and shield them from enemies. They were once widespread and very common, but due to habitat loss, illegal pet trade and cars, box turtles are now vulnerable to extinction.

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Location: Temporarily off exhibit; Education Department

Arrived at EPZ: George- 07/30/2000