Western Ornate Box Turtle (Terrapene ornata) County Road Z Kiowa County Colorado July 2016 Week #26 Jeff Skrentny IMG_2491
Second one of the day, seen during Yellow-billed cuckoo surveys within 20 meters of the first one. It had rained the previous evening.
Found during a Yellow-billed cuckoo survey. The humidity was 85%, and it had rained the previous night. Found in the mesquite. First of 2 seen this day.
Crossing the road
During a Yellow-billed cuckoo survey I saw this Ornate Box Turtle in the mesquite bosque. The photo is a bit blurry, taken with my GPS unit.
This turtle was crossing the road, so I brought it to the direction in which it was traveling. It had rained the previous day & evening.
Terrapene ornata is a species of North American box turtle sometimes referred to as the western box turtle or ornate box turtle.