Based on this box turtlees scute rings, hees about fifty years old. Holding him in the palm of your hand, ites hard to imagine what hees seen in half-a-century. Now imagine this: one turtle on Marthaes Vineyard, MA, is over 150 years-old. Ites age life has been documented from time to time by newspaper reporters, who have used markings on its shell to verify its identity and age. Unfortunately, overcollecting and habitat destruction have placed many eastern box turtle populations on the brink of collapse.
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