The other day, I was looking out my back window at the hummingbird feeder that I recently mentioned when out of the corner of my eye, I noticed just a tiny movement in the grass directly below. Just a few isolated grass blades were barely moving, and so subtlely that I almost looked away. And then I saw it.
A beautiful gold and brown Eastern Box Turtle came crawling out into full view from under the step near my deck. I was dressed in a skirt and heels for work, plus there are a ton of mosquitos down in that grass, but I really wanted some photos to show all of you…
….so I grabbed my camera…
and took a few shots of this fella. And yes, this turtle is a boy. If an Eastern Box Turtle has red eyes, then that means it’s a male. The females have yellowish brown eyes.
And isn’t this boy’s shell just beautiful? You can look at striking images of other box turtles here.
Because this box turtle was at least 6 inches long, I’m guessing he is full-grown. And who knows how old he is? Eastern Box Turtles can live to be 100 years old!
I bid the boy good-bye and wished him well. So wild and beautiful, don’t you think?