However, they have been known to also mate at other times of the year, mainly when the opportunity arises. During this courtship, though, the female usually retracts into her shell, which she can close completely due to a hinge on her lower shell, or plastron.To complete the wooing process, the male climbs on top of the female and waits to see if she will accept his advances. As that was a pretty popular feature, it led to a column called “The Mating Game: The Science of Mating, Dating, and Sex.” Even after the column ended I still did a few news stories on mating-related science topics.
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If she is impressed, she will hook her back legs to his, signifying her acceptance and mating can begin.