Scuttled to grassy patch and retracted into shell.
Seemingly attracted to stinky crab bait, the turtle moved around this crab pot and investigated from at least 2 sides. Released alive in back yard.
She's all boxed up because my dogs found her before I did, but she's fine. I led the dogs away and she had disappeared into the brush within five minutes.
Gender is not apparent in this photo, but I know the turtle is female, because she was upside-down when I found her. Also, this is a known turtle who lives on my property, and whom I've encountered numerous times.
I know she's Terrapene carolina. But is she T. carolina carolina or T. carolina major? Or an intergrade? I live near the border of the two subspecies's ranges.
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.