Backyard Box Turtle

Wednesday, June 11, 2014,

20140605150830-5x7wThis guy is one of my neighbors. Or maybe it’s a gal, I dunno. I didn’t check under anyone’s skirts. I was looking out my back window when I saw this Box Turtle hurtling across the back yard. Okay, maybe ‘hurtling’ is a bit drastic but this beauty was moving at speed. It had somewhere to be. Despite appearances turtles, even Box Turtles with their highly domed shells, tend to move quite a bit quicker than most folks would expect. These guys are much more agile and mobile than they look. Luckily, I was able to grab a camera and catch up to my quarry. And some of you folks probably think this is easy work. I never made the track team in high school but I’ve still got enough to outpace a turtle. If the coach could only see me now.

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Box Turtle

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Here is an Eastern Box Turtle that I photographed a month ago. He was out early near where I store my kayak. Mornings are usually the best time of day to find most wildlife and this is especially true of Box Turtles. This is not a hard and fast rule however. Last week I came home from dinner and found a female Box Turtle laying eggs on the lawn so you never can tell. JK

Green Frogs And A Box Turtle At David Weld

Sunday, June 1, 2008

This past Wednesday morning I took a stroll through David Weld Sanctuary. I made two very cool finds at the pond. The first was a Green Frog. I had heard some the day before but hadn’t been able to locate any. As I was sitting on my haunches scanning the opposite bank, which was sunlit, for frogs I looked down and in the water right next to me was the guy (or lady, I didn’t ask) in the pic above.

After snapping pics of the frog, I started looking around to see what else might be in the vicinity. That was when I found this Eastern Box Turtle taking his morning bath. He was out about four feet from the bank. Now, I know that despite appearances, Box Turtles can swim and this is a shallow pond, but I never would have been looking for one in the pond. I was sitting there for at least ten minutes with that turtle just five feet away from me and I didn’t see him till I started really scanning the water. I could claim that I was just engrossed in my photography – my art, my passion – but the truth is that I am just plain blind. Most of the time. JK