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07-21-2017 09:49 AM
skrrl Wow that's amazing!
07-20-2017 09:18 PM
DBreefs Wow! 30 years is amazing!
07-19-2017 10:52 AM
gerald
Ms.Box 30-yr update

Snapped a few new shots of the "old lady" - this is her 30th year with me, so I'm guessing she's around 40-ish or older. She appeared to be full-grown when found, and has grown very little since then. Her unusual feature is the staggered row of 7 vertebral scutes down the middle, rather than the usual 5 in a straight line.
04-16-2016 03:37 PM
gerald
Springtime for Turtles

My box turtles are up and about, doing their favorite spring activities! Did not find any new hatchlings in the turtle pen last summer/fall. Hopefully better luck this year.
01-24-2012 07:31 PM
Aliciadb3 ADORABLE! Are you selling babies when they are bigger?
01-24-2012 12:30 AM
AquaAaron That's one of the best-looking females I've seen. Definately a keeper!
12-22-2011 02:10 PM
PuffyLuv Lol, no wonder there are always plenty of wild turtles at the farm - lots of fallen/rotten trees in the woods back there - my dog twists her leg all the time running around and falling into holes in the leaf and pine straw mounds!
12-21-2011 12:50 PM
gerald
Box turtle habitat

Box turtles need rotted-out stump holes left by big old trees where they can get 2+ ft underground to hibernate. So mostly they live in or near OLD forests with plenty of rotting logs. They will go into scrubby fields and peoples yards to eat berries and bugs and soak up the sun, but they cant live there long-term if there's not a good hibernating hole. Thats why old farmland that has been reforested, and "managed" forests where trees are harvested and never die/decay on-site, are not great habitat for box turtles -- no big, deep stump holes.

There are websites with advice for enhancing Herp Habitat on your property. You could probably create hibernating holes.


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I know the colony that lives around my property are under the fallen leaves and debris in and around the woods. I have exposed some when renovating a naturalized plant bed near the woods under a huge oak, maple and a little pine.

Other than when one came out to lay eggs at my foundation or showed up in the middle of the yard in the hot sun obviously ill, I rarely see them even hanging out in the shade.
12-21-2011 12:00 PM
PuffyLuv I could make as much land area as we wanted - but it sounds like they would have more trouble than the sliders getting out of the new pond. It is a 300 gallon basin, with sides that go straight down - the sliders will be able to climb out via some wooden planks (going to build a "turtle dock", some floating in the water and a bridge going out) but it doesn't sound like they would be too good at swimming around to find the bridge...

I guess it would be best to just stick with the sliders - maybe in a few years I will have free baby sliders on here lol. Four turtles, a dog, a bird, and who knows how many fish are plenty of pets to feed anyway.

Congrats on your babies, though, they really are adorable!
12-20-2011 09:36 PM
LC
What is the natural habitat generally like?

I know the colony that lives around my property are under the fallen leaves and debris in and around the woods. I have exposed some when renovating a naturalized plant bed near the woods under a huge oak, maple and a little pine.

Other than when one came out to lay eggs at my foundation or showed up in the middle of the yard in the hot sun obviously ill, I rarely see them even hanging out in the shade.
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