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Thread: pictures of Harry... Eastern Box Turtle

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    Hehehe, look at his nose Neat!
    Great Googly Moogly!

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    I came across this thread late. Eastern Boxies are awesome! The can live for decades and they will stay in a small home range, so hopefully you will se "Harry" (who is a female) for many years to come. Their slow maturity and low reproductive rate, combined with people removing them from the wild, dogs, and worst CARS mean their populations are in decline in most areas.

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    Awww Harry is really a Harriette How can you tell Woodnative?
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    LOL! I just have a fondness for EBTs. The surest way is to look at the tale, which is longer and thicker in a male. Males usually have an indent on the plastron (bottom shell) whereas the female's plastron is flat. Males USUALLY have deep red eyes, whereas the eyes of females are usually brown/yellow (although variable). You can see the eyes of the turtle in the photo are not red. One other characteristic that is only obvious after looking at many boxies.....the shells on females are more dome-shaped, the males slightly less so and more flared. This is true of the turtle in the photo also. Hopefully she will be producing babies in that area for many many years!

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    Very cute eastern box turtle heyellowdart and I've seen a few in my area they're fun to watch and to look at the patterns on their shell.

    I'm sure you'll see more box turtles eventually.

    Here's a couple pics of some box turtles I found the first picture the turtle was found by my back door.
    http://www.terraforums.com/forums/at...0&d=1221876799

    This one was found near my camp site.
    http://www.terraforums.com/forums/at...9&d=1221413520
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    So the turtle posted by bluebird is a male right? It has red eyes
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    thats a box turtle? oh my god lol i found one last summer on the road( luck he still alive not squiched by car or anything) just a block from my house, i pick it up and take it home, give him water. i try to keep it in my back yard but somehow this little guys escaped lol this turtle can kill peopleeee !?!!??!?! ....

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    They can kill people only if you eat them........they sometimes eat poisonous mushrooms and the toxins stay in their body. Good you got him off the road, but better just to move him to the side of the road in the direction he was heading. These guys have a strong sense of home and don't relocate to new areas well (usually). Awesome turtles but their numbers are declining. They grow very slowly and have a slow reproduction rate......cars, lawnmowers, dogs, and people kill too many of the adults...abnormally high numbers of coons, skunks etc. dig up most of the nests.

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