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It always cool to see box turtles in the summer. When I was a kid we would pick them up in the pines and release them in the woods near our houses in hopes of seeing them year after year.

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3 minutes ago, bushden said:

It always cool to see box turtles in the summer. When I was a kid we would pick them up in the pines and release them in the woods near our houses in hopes of seeing them year after year.

When I was a kid we had a 10 ft circle, drop your turtles in middle circle first one outta the circle wins.

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Box turtles love it when it rains hard in early July. Soft ground and worms. And they're also driven out of low-lying areas and swampy corners of fields. It's one of the few times when I (used to) see lots of them walking across big open spaces in the middle of the day. 

From toddler through early teens I had a big black Lab who'd sniff them out and bring them to me from all over.  There was a rainy July in the early 70s when he retrieved 26. I painted numbers on their shells and played herpetologist when I found them again, for years afterwards. In retrospect I know it was not the best idea to put even that small amount on their shells. But at that point in life I was probably wallowing in lead paint chips too. With maturing forests, development, and illegal collection for the pet trade later in the 70s and in the 80s their populations have plummeted around me.  I see a couple each year. I've also found some shells with a set of neat puncture holes in the back above the tail, as if from canines set too far apart to belong to raccoons. I wonder whether coyotes eat them. 

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why poor guy? its a turtle. am i missing something.
He could barely get his head above flood waters. And had a long way to dry ground. Does that help you see the whole picture!

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