Archive for the 'turtles' Category

06
Oct
08

4 Eastern Box Turtles – Oct 6 2008

Shadow, the dog of camp’s outdoor education assistant staff, found these 4 box turtles near the meadow. Three of them were together with 2 males fighting over a female. This is the most eastern box turtles that I’ve ever seen in the wild in one place.

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12
Sep
08

Baby Eastern Box Turtle – September 12, 2008

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While I’m doing some team building activities with a group of 5th graders from Prairie View Elementary from Goshen Indiana, one student finds this baby eastern box turtle. These creatures can live to be over a 100 years old. I’ve never seen one this small.

25
Jun
08

Eastern Box Turtle – June 25, 2008

Here’s an eastern box turtle that we found during nature camp. They have great camouflage for walking on the forest floor in the sunlight.

25
Aug
07

Blanding’s Turtle on Massasauga Trail – August 25, 2007

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As I’m walking home from work I see this Blanding’s turtle in the middle of the trail. What a beautiful creature!

28
Jul
07

Eastern Box Turtle getting some help – July 28 2007

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As I am returning from a walk around the peninsula, I see a truck stop a few hundred yards ahead. I get up to that spot and find this male box turtle.  They were stopping to help this species of special concern get across the road.  It’s nice to see that people care enough to help when they can!

10
May
07

Baby Stinkpot Turtle – May 10 2007

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This little guy is only 1 inch long. Must have just hatched.  It was floating in the water near main beach on Lake Shavehead after a group of kids had just finished with canoe instruction.

09
May
07

Blanding’s Turtle on Hickory Trail Back of Shell – May 9 2007

Blanding’s Turtle on Hickory Trail Back of Shell, originally uploaded by Camp Naturalist.

I’m walking to work around 7:30am and I spy this blanding’s turtle on hickory trail. I believe blanding’s are a species of special concern here in Michigan.