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Terrapin Turtles PICTURE UPDATE
« on: July 01, 2012, 10:22:51 PM »
Or Box Turtles just lumber along seemingly doing their own thing.  They will eat your cucumbers, squash, and the bottoms from any tomatoes that they can reach.  I guess that they eat other vegetation and probably any insects, etc. that they happen upon.

We have several that occasionally cross the yard.  I have found empty shells in the woods, but today I found this one that had died next to the drive that was not there yesterday.  It's shell was worn slick and it had lost the normal markings. 
 

 
I guess that indicates that this guy was quite old.
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Re: Terrapin Turtles
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2012, 08:03:13 AM »
Never thought about a turtle in the woods. I have never seen one in the woods on my land. I live above a brook and see them there quite often. I think I see more snappers though. They was laying eggs a few weeks ago.
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Re: Terrapin Turtles
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2012, 08:07:12 AM »
I have a soft spot for them, one of my dogs seems to hunt them in the woods. She can't hurt them, and wouldn't if she could, but she will bark and dig at them till I come and investigate.
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Re: Terrapin Turtles
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2012, 08:16:10 AM »
I see this one quite often.
 

 
Just poking along and doing what turtles do.
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Re: Terrapin Turtles
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2012, 09:20:27 AM »
Wow!  Look at that red head. :)

Too bad about that old guy. Is there a way to determine their age? My oldest son would place the dead carcass on an ant mound for them to pick him clean. My youngest son would cry that his brother put him on an ant mound. He would want a full funeral. :)

We don't see them here at the house or in the neighborhood.  But on outings, we might come across one or signs of one.  While on our trip to KY, OH, and IN we saw them everywhere.

Here is one of pigman's that got loose...



 
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Re: Terrapin Turtles
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2012, 10:27:13 AM »
The ants have covered my old guy, so we shall see.
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Re: Terrapin Turtles
« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2012, 12:30:17 PM »
They are a neat little critter. We ave one or two come stomping trough the yard often. I noticed yesterday that one had taken a bite out of one of my mators.bg

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Re: Terrapin Turtles
« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2012, 01:02:08 PM »
Turtles gotta eat too.   :)
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Re: Terrapin Turtles
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2012, 08:03:23 PM »
   
Here is one of pigman's that got loose...



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He is still hanging around the house. Last week I saw him next to the woods on the west side of the house. Well, I am not sure it is a he, it might be a her. :-\
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Re: Terrapin Turtles
« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2012, 07:17:01 PM »
We use to have them here in west central Ohio but all the travel routes are gone and most of the wood lots also. Its probably been 32 years sence Ive seen one around here  ::).
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Re: Terrapin Turtles
« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2012, 07:52:09 PM »
Autocar,
My son and I were camping at Caesar Creek State Park near Waynesville in May and we saved one crossing the road.  :)

I hope that wasn't the last one.
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Re: Terrapin Turtles
« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2012, 09:12:03 PM »
Well, I am not sure it is a he, it might be a her. :-\ 

According to what I read the females are larger.  The males have the longest tails.  If you have ever seen them mate, you know why the males have a longer tail.  If you have not, I will tell you that it's for support and balance.   smiley_love
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« Reply #12 on: July 05, 2012, 11:17:35 PM »
We have a lot of what I've always called painted turtles around here (I have no idea if that's actually what they are), and it always amazes me how far from water you will see them.  I'll often see them a mile or more away from any water, at a turtles pace that's a long time between drinks  pepsi_smiley.

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« Reply #13 on: July 06, 2012, 09:50:24 AM »
Metalspinner nop its not the last one  ;D if you get wheres theres more timber there still plenty of them. Ive stopped many of times to save one from traffic also.
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Re: Terrapin Turtles
« Reply #14 on: July 06, 2012, 11:30:12 AM »
Not always a good idea to try to help them. I've done it too. This was in NC just a few weeks ago....sad

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« Reply #15 on: July 17, 2012, 12:51:48 AM »
I was out the other day getting a cypress log that the county cut off of a large drainage ditch and just about stepped on an alligator snapping turtle. It was sitting on a snag in about 6" of water that was a perfect to stand on and put a chain around a log. I forgot how big and ugly those things are. 

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« Reply #16 on: July 17, 2012, 01:42:36 AM »
Last week when the cool spell here at home I started splitting fire wood. Went to pick up a block for the splitter and found one the size of a half dollar. Never found one that small and of course the grandsons wanted to raise it. Well some how it got out of the box. This one will be able to balance some day.
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Re: Terrapin Turtles
« Reply #17 on: July 17, 2012, 01:04:06 PM »
I was out the other day getting a cypress log that the county cut off of a large drainage ditch and just about stepped on an alligator snapping turtle. It was sitting on a snag in about 6" of water that was a perfect to stand on and put a chain around a log. I forgot how big and ugly those things are.
We've got one that lives in a small "bog" just down the road from our property, in a farmers field. He crawls out during the morning to sun himself beside the dirt road. He's not a giant one, probably about 16" long top shell.
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Re: Terrapin Turtles
« Reply #18 on: September 01, 2012, 01:22:00 PM »
OK folks I am posting this, but I am also reminding you to be respectful with your comments and to resist the urge to make any inappropriate remarks.  I just do not want this thread to take a wrong turn which would result in the topic being pulled.

With that being said, yesterday I happened upon an event that I have only seen two other times and never when I had a camera.  I see this guy occasionally in the yard, and his picture appears in a previous post.
 

 
Surely this takes a great amount of coordination as well as determination.
 

 
It also lasted well over 3 hours. 
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« Reply #19 on: September 01, 2012, 09:53:47 PM »
I took the grandson down to do some fishing,he found 2 snappers that was just hatched. One still had the cord from the egg on it. A little bigger than a quarter.
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