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Old 04-12-2011, 01:02 AM   #1
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This guy has been hanging around my house the past 2 days and he looked like he was about to continue on his "road trip" this morning so I took some photos of him. I think he is one of the box turtles native to Florida, but he must be a really old guy because his color is all gone on his head and carapace and he just looks beat up and worn out for a turtle!

















His length from the front of his carapace to the back is approx. 8" which leads me to think that he has some years on him. After I started searching the net for some information on FL turtles, I found out that land turtles have 3 toes on their hind feet or 4 toes on them! Who'da thought?? I tried to find him to do a toe check but he had either scooted under my deck or he is a sprinter and covered the 50' or better to the nearest fenceline in under 20 minutes!! Those areas around his head and neck that look sort of pale blue, they really were pale blue in person! It was about the only real color on him anywhere except some vivid spots on his front legs.

Maybe someone who is more familiar with local turtle population can shed some light on this guy's brand?? Thanks for the help.
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Old 04-12-2011, 02:20 AM   #2
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box turtle. harmless....unless you're an insect
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Old 04-12-2011, 08:18 AM   #3
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yep..................thats a turtle
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Old 04-12-2011, 09:15 AM   #4
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yep box turtle. i have 2 live in my back yard
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Old 04-12-2011, 09:39 AM   #5
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Gulf Coast box turtle, subspecies of Eastern, the flaring of the carapace in the rear is one distinguishibg feature. Looks to be a pretty old and considering size. Th coloring on the head might be scarring from loss of scales.
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Retired Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle----Hero in a half shell---Turtle power!
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Old 04-12-2011, 01:00 PM   #7
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Box Turtle, aka terrapin (per my dad)
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Old 04-12-2011, 04:28 PM   #8
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Box Turtle....I released about 25 of them when I moved out here to my place and every 1 I find I bring here....Looks like a male but the only way to tell fer sure is to flip it and look at the bottom of his shell.....
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That's Bob. I'd know that turtle anywhere. Bastard owes me twenty bucks...
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Old 04-12-2011, 06:18 PM   #10
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I think a Terrapin is a water turtle.
A Box Turtle is a land turtle.

Over the years I have found and released maybe 20 from southwest Michigan, Canada, Smokey Mountains of North Carolina to here in Pensacola.

All but one were in the 6 to 8 inch shell length.
Only one was smaller at about 3 inches.
Seems like you never see them until full grown.
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