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Home sweet turtle home

Not sure what the odds are of it being true, but we hope this large turtle basking on the creek bank is the grown up version of the tiny one we rescued from a nearby street a few years ago. … Continue reading

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Thinking outside, the box

Weltz Park was fairly alive with turtle action this spring. From large to small, the ever thoughtful-looking Eastern box turtles popped up in various spots along the meadow & main entrance paths. The bigger one here shows the red eye … Continue reading

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Two snaps and a twist

Two enormous Snapping turtles — probably males — were writhing, clawing, and definitely snapping in the marsh pond. With shells alone a foot or more in length, these two adversaries were formidable fighters, presumably vying for territory and/or mates.

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Boxer sorts

With a few chinks in his shelly armor, this Eastern box turtle looked as though he’d been around the block a few times. (May be the same turtle seen in that park last year.)

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Snap happy

At first sight, this tiny turtle (3 inches long at most) looked like a dry leaf moving slowly across a road by the park. As it was in an unsuitable situation (cars, cement curbs, storm drains), we moved it to … Continue reading

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Breathe right tip

Looking like not much more than another stick in the swamp, the tip of this turtle’s head was well camouflaged when he popped up for air.

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Shell sprach

Isolated to a small subsection, the bright yellow shell pattern of this Eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) suggests a primitive painting, dotted and dashed with characters of a forgotten language, or perhaps the handprints of the artist.

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