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Box Turtle Keeled basic information

Rarely exceeding seven inches in length, the Keeled Box Turtle is a small animal. Unlike some other Asian turtles, they are not particularly colorful. They are usually brown in color and range in shade from light tan to dark brown or mahogany. The scutes often have a dark brown smudge. The Keeled Box Turtle derives its name from the three keels, or ridges, on its shell. One of their other names, Jagged Box Turtle, comes from the serrated edge at the rear of the carapace. Keeled Box Turtles, like other Box Turtles, have a hinge on the plastron, which enables it to close its shell completely when threatened. Juvenile Keeled Box Turtles are flat, and the adults have a domed carapace.

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