Posts Tagged ‘Eastern Box Turtle’

Happy World Turtle Day!

May 23, 2016

The purpose of World Turtle Day, May 23, sponsored yearly since 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue, is to bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for, turtles and tortoises, and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive. Source Credit: World Turtle Day, Wikipedia.

An Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) spotted at West Meadows Trails, Meadowood Recreation Area, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

An Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) was spotted on 14 May 2016 at West Meadows Trails, Meadowood Recreation Area, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

An Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) spotted at West Meadows Trails, Meadowood Recreation Area, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

A turtle is a good metaphor for the wisdom of slowing the rapid pace of day-to-day existence in order to enjoy some of life’s simpler pleasures.

I visited this location hoping to find several species of uncommon odonates, but I wasn’t so driven that I couldn’t take a few minutes to photograph an animal that I see less frequently than one might expect.

An Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) spotted at West Meadows Trails, Meadowood Recreation Area, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

Copyright © 2016 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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Eastern Box Turtle

December 9, 2015

An Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) was spotted at Huntley Meadows Park, in a meadow near the eastern terminus of the man-made berm.

A turtle is a good metaphor for the wisdom of slowing the rapid pace of day-to-day existence in order to enjoy some of life’s simpler pleasures.

I visited this location hoping to find another male Slender Spreadwing damselfly (Lestes rectangularis), but I wasn’t so driven that I couldn’t take a few minutes to photograph an animal that I see less frequently than one might expect.

Copyright © 2015 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

Splish Splash, I was takin’ a bath

July 23, 2014

The following photos show an Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) spotted on 22 July 2014 during a photowalk along a small creek that flows through the forest at Huntley Meadows Park.

They are found in most open forested habitats with lots of cover. They seek damp mud or pools when temperatures get too high. Source Credit: Virginia Herpetological Society.

The high temperature was 88°F (31°C), recorded at 3:05 p.m.

Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina)

Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina)

Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina)

Editor’s Note:Splish Splash” is a song performed by Bobby Darin, recorded and released in 1958.

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