Three-toed box turtle

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May Margrit B. (Swis… on August 20, 2007

Lovely, Ryan! That's such a pretty turtle, I never knew, the species divided into three and more toed-turtles. It seems to be as curious as I am, wanting to know what is ahead of it. A piece of paper, a fragment of china? We will never know…

©junebug on August 20, 2007

Hi Ryan, I like turtles very much and this is a lovely photo. We have 4 red-eared slider turtles. Does this kind of turtle live near or in the water? Greetings, Anne

Ryan Calhoun on August 20, 2007

Thanks, May! I'm not sure about the whole species, but only the three-toed kind live around here. Except apparently some of them have four toes. Go figure. Well, ahead of him is a leaf, and beyond that is the woods. I talked him through the whole thing, like a session: "That's right (click), that's right, now (click) get on the leaf...get on the...YES!! THAT'S IT!!! (click, click)". Unfortunately I was so emphatic the ones on the leaf were all blurry.

And thanks, Anne! I like turtles and tortoises as well. This box turtle is a land-based turtle and doesn't swim. He has a hinge underneath his shell that can swing closed to protect his face when he goes inside. He enjoys eating berries and worms, and taking long walks through the woods.

May Margrit B. (Swis… on August 20, 2007

Blurry? I think it's very pretty. Ahead about a neck's length is something half buried in the grass, which I wondered, what it could be, because it looks as if the turtle aimed at it.

Ryan Calhoun on August 20, 2007

Thanks again, May. I was talking about the later pictures, once he had reached a big dead leaf on the ground. Those were blurry, so I used this earlier shot instead.

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