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Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina).  This is a female box turle, since she has brown eyes and a flat plastron (bottom part of the shell). Males have a concave plastron. Box turtles are also unique in that they can withdraw completely into their hinged shell. The shell is very tough and extremely hard to pull open when closed.

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Photographs by Valerie Lykes