Resident or Crossing Through?

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It seems like I walk up to an eastern box turtle in the yard every spring.

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It remained calm and posed for pictures.

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Male box turtles have red eyes and the females have brown. So, this is a female.

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Counting the rings on a scute (plate) will give the approximate age of the turtle. So, this one appears to be 8-10 years old.

I once watched a female digging a hole with her hind legs to lay her eggs in. I was camping that night. She worked slowly and methodically. She was still digging when I went to bed. The next morning I could hardly tell where she had been digging. Box turtles lay between 4-6 eggs, and they take roughly 3 months to hatch.

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Great photos! She is really beautiful:)

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  2. I run into turtles in the strangest places, like in the woods quite far from water. I’m glad someone else does too!

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  3. I haven’t seen one for a couple of years.

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