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Is this an eastern female box turtle?

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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. 

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

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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.........

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It great to help but I usually just help in cross in the direction they're going. They have no trouble climbing the hill and it's her home so she knows where's she's going. 

 

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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 

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If it didn't stop bitching on the whole ride to the park it was most likely a female:up:

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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

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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. 

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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. 

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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?

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