Okay okay.. So a turtle’s shell is it home… Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. This is why you should not draw on the shell of the turtle, because by doing so you could damage their shell. Turtles requires a healthy shell to survive in their environment. Their shell provides the turtle protection from their predators. They clamp their shell shut, keeping the animal try to hurt them. They clamp their shell shut to keep the predators away from its tender fleshDid you know, Eastern Box Turtles hibernate in the winter? Normally they hibernate under dead leaves or inside old stumps.