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Young Eastern Box Turtle

Today I’ve got a young Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina).  I haven’t seen the adult who was hanging around in July in awhile.  I hope he didn’t live too dangerously.  Hopefully he’s still around and I just haven’t seen him.  I haven’t been out much, so that is entirely possible.

This one isn’t full grown yet.  And was quite cooperative in terms of getting his photograph taken.  So that was nice.

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This next shot is a close up of his shell:

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Their shell patterns have always reminded me of finger prints.

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It’s so nice when my subjects have such a pleasant personality and tolerate me pestering them with my camera so well.

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As you can see in the photo above, he has some sort of injury or birth defect to one of his toes.

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And also a small place near his mouth, as you can see below:

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Time to leave him alone, and let him go about his way.  But it was nice to have him visit.  I hope he hangs around.

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4 responses

  1. Excellant shots Debbie. I love turtles, and this one is a beauty.
    B.

    September 27, 2009 at 9:49 pm

  2. debbienorman

    Thank you Becky! I am glad you enjoyed them!

    September 27, 2009 at 10:59 pm

  3. He’s a beauty! I love the patterns on the shells….the way they are made up of the different sections and the lines and “fingerprint” markings you mentioned. I don’t get to see many box turtles.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:14 am

  4. debbienorman

    I used to see a lot more of them around here than I do now. I’m not sure how much of that is a decline in the turtles, and how much is a decline in me getting out and about. But I definitely think there are less around here than there were in the past. Not sure why.

    September 28, 2009 at 12:30 pm

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