Resident or Crossing Through?


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


It remained calm and posed for pictures.


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


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.

6 responses to this post.

  1. Great photos! She is really beautiful:)


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


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


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