Baby Eastern Box Turtles hatched today

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by rando, Sep 23, 2020.

  1. rando

    rando G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    I have six adult box turtles that run the back area for at least the last 10 years. Its three females and three males that are very tame and cross paths a lot. Each year I sometimes spot them mating and even bury eggs. I spotted one of the younger females digging a few months ago up near a shed. This was the first week of July. It takes the eggs three months before they hatch. They usually lay at least 5 eggs and up to ten eggs. I cover the areas with wire cloth so not disturbed till they hatch. I try to keep ground wet throughout the months. Today three babies the size of a quarter emerged. We transplant them to state parks and forests to live. Too much population here for them to survive from cars, lawnmowers and being trampled on. Here is a pic of them after emerging from the ground. There is a Quarter in pic for size comparison.

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  2. Jaison

    Jaison G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    That’s really cool, rando! I remember you mentioning the beasts in a post awhile back.

    Thanks for sharing that with us!

  3. rando

    rando G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    We have these little buggers each year. These turtles are like rare here now. I have seen plenty in Tennessee when there but not in this area anymore
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  4. ChaZam

    ChaZam G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    Good job Randy.
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  5. Jaison

    Jaison G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    They’re in the forests here, but also rare in the city and suburbs. Like you, I remember seeing them commonly as a kid. Not so much, anymore.
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  6. EvaaWill89

    EvaaWill89 G&G Newbie

    How cute and small they are! You should open a turtle farm)
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  7. mdf9183

    mdf9183 G&G Enthusiast

    Box turtles live their whole life in an area about the size of a football field.
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  8. Felix's Tattoo

    Felix's Tattoo G&G Evangelist

    Thanks for doing a good thing, watching over them like that!
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  9. mitchr

    mitchr G&G Evangelist

    Have seen them around here & even spotted a baby or two, but never found where they were nesting. Probably out in the woods. My wife spotted one about half way up the chain link fence, in the back yard, one time! Can only guess that it got inside the fence that way! She helped it over & it went on it's merry way into the woods behind us.:)

    Seems if they get it in their head to go a certain direction, nothing will change their mind!:rolleyes: Saw a snapping turtle about to go onto a 4 lane highway in front of our shop. I picked it up & moved it to safety in a patch of trees nearby. A bit later, saw the stupid thing about to enter the highway again! Happened that traffic was real light, so I carried it across & put it down. It happily went on it's way, in the same direction!:p
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  10. rando

    rando G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    They are climbers and can climb chicken wire or metal cloth materials.
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