Box Turtle in my Yard

Profile shot of turtle that visited Ginger Wroot's backyard recently

Profile of the turtle that visited my backyard recently

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.

Box turtles have gorgeous gold and brown patterned shells

Box turtles have gorgeous gold and brown patterned shells

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…

Closeup of a box turtle in my backyard

Closeup of a box turtle in my backyard

….so I grabbed my camera…

A beautiful box turtle found in my backyard

A beautiful box turtle found in my backyard

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.

Red eyes on an Eastern Box Turtle tells us it's a boy. The girls have yellowish-brown eyes

Red eyes on an Eastern Box Turtle mean it’s a boy.

And isn’t this boy’s shell just beautiful?  You can look at striking images of other box turtles here.

Eastern Box Turtles are normally 5 to 6 inches long

Eastern Box Turtles are normally 5 to 6 inches long

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!

Eastern Box Turtle peeping out from his shell.

Peeping out from his shell

I bid the boy good-bye and wished him well.  So wild and beautiful, don’t you think?

–G

 

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