As my husband was working in the yard Saturday he heard something rustling the leaves in the nearby flower bed. A turtle was just crawling along seemingly not too bothered by Jeff’s working nearby. Now, being married to a photographer, Jeff then did what he knew he had to do . . . sound the photo op alarm. (He’s SO good at doing that!) So out the door I flew with camera in hand. And there stood my daughter holding this really awesome turtle. She tells me it is an Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina) which is one of two species of box turtles found in the United States. Turns out they come in a wide variety of shell shapes, patterns and colorizations. I believe it because I have never seen a more beautiful turtle. The shell was painted with such rich warm colors. I’ve never wanted to keep a turtle before, but I wanted to keep this one! He was just so beautifully designed by our Creator.
After admiring him, we put him down and I followed him around in our yard for awhile and snapped some pics. He didn’t seem to much care. He didn’t even hide his head in his shell. Didn’t seem to be bothered by me much at all.
We watched as our new little friend slowly went his own way. He probably won’t go far. Eastern Box Turtles usually live out their lives within an area less than 200 meters in diameter. Sure hope he finds his way safely around the neighborhood. Til next time, sweet turtle! We’re counting on seeing you again one day.