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The Ornate Box Turtle possesses a high-domed shell (with special hinges on its plastron, or, lower shell, which hinge to completely box them in, hence the name) which acts as its defense from predators. Strictly a terrestrial species, when threatened, they will box themselves in. In the wild, they inhabit many environments and they make use of burrows and microclimates. They can be found all over the United States, but mostly, they seem to prefer areas where temperatures are higher and the soil is dryer. There are two subspecies of this turtle, Terrapene ornata ornata and Terrapene ornata luteola. T. o. ornata is also known as the Eastern Ornate Box Turtle and T. o. luteola is also known as the Texas or Desert Ornate Box Turtle.

Ornate Box Turtles are very sensitive and they have many specialized needs, in terms of both environment and diet. In captivity, they are known to stress easily.

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