Jump to content

Is this an eastern female box turtle?


Recommended Posts

This turtle was crossing a busy road and about to get crushed so I picked it up.  There was no shoulder on either side and it was a very steep embankment it would have to climb to get to safety. 

I brought it to a park that had a lowland area with a tiny creek and some skunk cabbage and let it go.  Is it a female?  I think the males have red eyes. 

Eastern box turtle.jpg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Over the years you find out , to just let nature be.....dont rescue baby rabbits , birds you can put back in nest but usually its the mom pushing them out  because theres too many to feed......it all balances out.........

Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, MRMCR said:

Over the years you find out , to just let nature be.....dont rescue baby rabbits , birds you can put back in nest but usually its the mom pushing them out  because theres too many to feed......it all balances out.........

You are correct,  mother nature has been doing her thing since this crazy world was made. From momma bird, to the fox/coyote taking fawns, its their way to survive 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Flat bottom (plastron) indicates a female....concave bottom n its male....thats how he mounts her for deep penetration!!

This guy was a big male yesterday in Millstone....on a moderately busy side road....showed a neighbor n her daughter...n moved it off road the way it was traveling. 

Their home range is pretty small....half a football field...maybe

20200515_102908.jpg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

12 hours ago, Bucndoe said:

It will be fine moving it

Sorry but not true, Moving a box turtle is Always a bad idea. They will just spend the rest of their now miserable life trying to get back home. Most likely will die on the way. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

29 minutes ago, NotJust22s said:

Sorry but not true, Moving a box turtle is Always a bad idea. They will just spend the rest of their now miserable life trying to get back home. Most likely will die on the way. 

Only if you move it FAR from where you found it, as in trying to relocate it. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 5/16/2020 at 1:11 AM, Finsup1986 said:

It is going to most likely die from moving it from its home range. They will wander until they die trying to go home.

Not a loaded question, just curious. How do we know this?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

It is going to most likely die from moving it from its home range. They will wander until they die trying to go home.

I don't know about this ( if true, as kids with turtle pens we did a lot of harm), but as soon as the biologist go back to work, I'll check with the head turtle guy.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Turtles, same with snakes have a strong fidelity to their critical habitat (hibernacula, etc.). If moved, they wander looking for these habitats and eventually die.  Now, as in anything in life, there are outliers so that every once in a while, one would live.  Anytime an animal is moved from the road, it should be moved in the direction it was going, up to 200 feet +/-, no further.  Telemetry studies have proven this out.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

13 minutes ago, LittleM said:

Turtles, same with snakes have a strong fidelity to their critical habitat (hibernacula, etc.). If moved, they wander looking for these habitats and eventually die.  Now, as in anything in life, there are outliers so that every once in a while, one would live.  Anytime an animal is moved from the road, it should be moved in the direction it was going, up to 200 feet +/-, no further.  Telemetry studies have proven this out.

SO how do you deal with snake relocation? less than 200' from a house it was found next to?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • 2021 Season Countdowns

    • NJ Early Bow Season Opens
      09/11/2021 6:04AM EDT
    • NJ Fall Bow Season Opens
      10/02/2021 6:25AM EDT
    • NJ Permit Bow Season Opens
      10/30/2021 6:56AM EDT
  • Help Support NJ Woods & Water

    • paypal-donate-button

      njwaw-premium-membership-button

      shop-at-amazon-button
  • 2021-2022 New Jersey Hunting and Trapping Digest



  • 2021-2022 Youth Deer Hunting Contest

  • 2021-2022 Adult Deer Hunting Contest

×
×
  • Create New...