A Yard Visitor

A storm passed through southern Illinois earlier this morning.

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 I sat at the computer, beside the picture window, working on blog. I looked out, and there was a box turtle crossing our yard. I grabbed my camera and out I went.

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At least turtles are slow and more cooperative for pictures.

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You can tell the approximate age of a box turtle by counting the rings on plastron (a plate). I counted thirteen rings on one of the plates.

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Male box turtles have red eyes and the females have brown.

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I sat at the computer working on the blogs from the earlier yard visitors. Then what do I see next — a young squirrel.

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Squirrels aren’t common in our yard.

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This one was a fast little critter that didn’t pose for pictures. I lucked out getting these two.

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7 responses to this post.

  1. Beautiful turtle!

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  2. You must have something they like.
    I’ve never met a box turtle. We have mostly painted and snapping turtles here.

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  3. Posted by Therese Beavers on May 2, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Counting the rings…you eyesight is much better than mine, sis! Love the pictures!

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