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Old 05-17-2013, 03:25 PM   #1
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I saw a box turtle in my woods. It has a good home on my property!
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:13 PM   #2
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Congratulations on your find!
I don't think we have those here in Michigan. I haven't seen any.
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Old 05-17-2013, 07:07 PM   #3
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Hopefully It's egg burying time for a female and finding a mate for the male of the species.

Box turtles lay their eggs in a south facing hill and like sand. Keep us posted.
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Old 05-17-2013, 09:33 PM   #4
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The painted and snapping turtles lay eggs aprox. Mid June in Michigan.
A good rainstorm stimulates them into moving and locating a soft-sand or loose gravel-earthy area to lay.
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It did look like it was trying to bury in a pile of brush and leaves. I have to watch out for the critters when I am mowing my pasture. The rabbits make nests in the ground. I can usually tell where they are because I see the mother in the same area alot. I have come across box turtles when I'm mowing occasionally. I am very careful to look where I'm mowing. One time the dogs in my fenced in yard were interested in something. It was two box turtles. I put them in my hedgerow. I think they went under the fence and then couldn't find their way out. When I was a child the other kids would put box turtles in cages. I would take them out and put them far away where they hopefully wouldn't be found again.
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Old 05-18-2013, 11:38 AM   #6
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Cute avatar. Was that one you had found?
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Old 05-18-2013, 09:28 PM   #7
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I've had a few turtle sightings lately also.Box turtle-boxturtle.jpg.

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Nice pictures. I'll have to remember to take pictures. The box turtles I see here have an orange pattern on their shell
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Box turtles are territorial, and will try to return to where they were if you move them. Hiding them from obnoxious children is a good idea, but not relocating them far away.

I have mayapples planted in the hopes of attracting some. Apparently they like the fruit,which hangs at their level. I have seen one on my property a couple of times in five years but I don't think they stay...not sure why, I would think I have good habitat though maybe they don't like slopes or like it less dry and shady. Who knows? Maybe I need to put in a sand pile! Skinks in the mulch pile, turtles in the sand pile, and possums in the brush pile...I wonder what other kinds of piles I should create?
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Skinks in the mulch pile, turtles in the sand pile, and possums in the brush pile
Sounds like a Doc Watson song! All you have to add is "go now go" to the end or some such thing. I can hear it now!
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