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turtle 250The Florida Box Turtle, Terrapene carolina, is a 5-6 inch land turtle with a dome-like shell with variable coloration and pattern. Upper and lower shells may be patterned yellow, orange, or greenish on black or brown. A wide hinge across the plastron (lower shell) and moveable lobes front and back provide a close fit between the top and bottom, forming a box. With this armor, the box turtle is well adapted to life on the land. On a hot day, the box turtle will burrow under logs or decaying vegatation to escape the heat. It may also be seen soaking in water or mud, and rain showers often bring it out of hiding. Its diet includes slugs earthworms, berries, and mushrooms. In Rookery Bay Reserve, it inhabits the scrub, pineland and hardwood hamock areas. 

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