Was crossing the road after an overnight shower of 0.06". Found entering the road from a wooded area with leaf litter.
Turtle's eyes were swollen and its nose bubbled with nasal discharge when it breathed. Found in bottomland hardwood forest.
box turtle alone boardwalk trail in wetlands
Woke up early to go birdwatching with some other nature center folks... We didn't see many birds, but the naturalist never has a failed walk! :)
I guess this is an eastern box turtle, but I'm not totally certain... Looks like it was someone's meal...
Eastern Box Turtle
An Eastern Box Turtle in the woods. This shy individual was found by my sister in the woods we were exploring. We placed him near a tree on the mossy ground where he remained tucked away in his shell as we explored the area. When we returned to see if he was still where we left him, we found that he was gone :)
The common box turtle (Terrapene carolina) is a species of box turtle with six existing subspecies. It is found throughout the eastern United States and Mexico. The box turtle has a distinctive hinged lowered shell (the box) that allows it to completely enclose itself. Its upper jaw is long and curved.