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What to do when you see a box turtle

Chances are, you’ve probably seen a box turtle, either at a zoo or in a park, backyard or green space. It’s not as if they move quickly. With their short legs, box turtles lumber along and retreat at the first sign of anything unfamiliar. The box turtle pulls its head and legs into the shell and then, in an amazing protection skill, uses the hinged pastron (the bottom part of the shell) to close up behind them forming an impenetrable box. Yep, that’s where the name “box turtle” comes from.