Slow going. Over the course of a lifetime as long as 80 years, the eastern box turtle does everything slowly. It lays eggs every other year and is content with a "slow food" diet that includes fruits, seeds, flowers, roots and grasses. This diet makes it an important seed disperser. When threatened, the turtle can seal itself away completely thanks to a hinge in the lower part of the shell, but even built-in protection is powerless against habitat loss, vehicle strikes and the pet trade. Populations are falling fast.
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