This is Molasses, an Eastern box turtle. She is 55 years old and lives in Room 208 at Friends Seminary on East 16th Street. In 1975, when she was a mere teenager, she arrived at the school under the care of Linda Chu, a young teacher a few years out of the Peace Corps. Forty years on, they are both on their second generation of students.
Check out the full article in NY Magazine For more about Molasses and Friends Seminary, including a story about a smashing Hurricane Sandy rescue.