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Found in North America and Mexico, box turtles can be found in a variety of habitats, including thick woodlands, dry prairies, and deserts. However, they will never be far from water. They are not especially good swimmers, but they need water for drinking and for cooling off on hot days.
Box turtles are easily identified by their high-domed shell and stumpy feet. They also have the ability to completely close up within their shell, a superb defense mechanism that not all turtles possess. They are omnivorous, but usually tend to eat meat until their later years when they will eat fruits and vegetables almost exclusively. It is not unusual for a box turtle to live 30 or even 50 years.