As I was finishing a Yellow-billed cuckoo survey, heading to my truck I saw this turtle crossing the road; however, he had stopped in the middle. Of course I understand we're not to handle wildlife but I did move it to the side of the road to which he was heading.
Feisty turtle hissed at me the entire time I carried him!
UTM coordinates: NAD 83 12S 0534253E 3620438N, east side of the San Pedro River outside of Mammoth AZ.
Observed on private ranch approximately 12 miles NE of Dickens, TX. Photos are geo-referenced. Land owner gave permission to publish observation in writing.
mature ornate box turtle in center of county road was relacated to savanna area nearby known to have a population of ornate box turtles
Found after strong thunderstorm.
moved off of Hwy 17
Crossing Leslie Canyon Road going east.
Terrapene ornata is a species of North American box turtle sometimes referred to as the western box turtle or ornate box turtle.