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Old 05-17-2019, 08:53 AM   #1
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This dude was hanging out in Tyler. My thoughts are that he is a Three-Toed Box. Is this a native critter or possibly someoneís pet?


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Old 05-17-2019, 08:58 AM   #2
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A very drab box turtle.
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Old 05-17-2019, 09:02 AM   #3
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They are native. I find them every year in spring and early summer.
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Old 05-17-2019, 09:12 AM   #4
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Yep, native indeed...
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Old 05-17-2019, 09:24 AM   #5
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Found lots of them when I was a kid up along Red River in Fannin county. We always called em sand terrapins. The dark brown ones with yellow stripes we just called em terrapins. They were always a few in my grandma's garden. Both kinds were always munchin the tomatoes and squash. I don't think they were actually terrapins but are Box Turtles.
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Old 05-17-2019, 09:27 AM   #6
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I'm in Flint / Noonday... my kids find 5 or 6 every year that we have to feed for 3 days before they return to the wild.

ETA: I'm no herpetologist, so I can't ID your tortuga, but whatever it is, it's what's meandering around our place.

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Old 05-17-2019, 09:28 AM   #7
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Looks like a gopher tortoise, not a box turtle.
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Old 05-17-2019, 09:31 AM   #8
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Used to catch those all the time growing up in Calvert,Tx. Fire ants I believe have put a good dent in the population.
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Old 05-17-2019, 09:32 AM   #9
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Very endangered turtle keep away!

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Old 05-17-2019, 09:43 AM   #10
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Looks like what we always called box turtle, but dont know if that is actually right.
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Old 05-17-2019, 11:56 AM   #11
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It's a box turtle. I had a pen full of them when I was a kid.. the pen was 1 by 12 boards around one of my dads day lily beds.. you could hit the side of the box and they would come running.. we would turn 10 to 20 babies lose every year in the woods by my parents house.. when I got about 17 i tore down the box and the turtles would stay in the yard. Dad fed them for years until the last one finally left..
I still stop and pick them up off the road and relocate them to the woods so they don't get run over..
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Old 05-17-2019, 12:22 PM   #12
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That my friend is a three towed box turtle.
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Old 05-17-2019, 12:23 PM   #13
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http://www.texasturtles.org/Terrapen...triunguis.html
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Old 05-17-2019, 12:33 PM   #14
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It's a box turtle. I had a pen full of them when I was a kid.. the pen was 1 by 12 boards around one of my dads day lily beds.. you could hit the side of the box and they would come running.. we would turn 10 to 20 babies lose every year in the woods by my parents house.. when I got about 17 i tore down the box and the turtles would stay in the yard. Dad fed them for years until the last one finally left..
I still stop and pick them up off the road and relocate them to the woods so they don't get run over..
My exact story. Had up to 23 box/red ear turtles at one time. Still cant pass one in the road without relocating it to safer grounds.
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Old 05-17-2019, 01:25 PM   #15
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It's a box turtle. I had a pen full of them when I was a kid.. the pen was 1 by 12 boards around one of my dads day lily beds.. you could hit the side of the box and they would come running.. we would turn 10 to 20 babies lose every year in the woods by my parents house.. when I got about 17 i tore down the box and the turtles would stay in the yard. Dad fed them for years until the last one finally left..
I still stop and pick them up off the road and relocate them to the woods so they don't get run over..
Man, that's a cool memory
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Old 05-17-2019, 02:30 PM   #16
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That is a male (reddish head) three toed box turtle.
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Old 05-17-2019, 02:39 PM   #17
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Some of their legs and heads are real colorful.. I see quite a few around the mayhaw trees on my land when the berries are falling..
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Old 05-17-2019, 02:44 PM   #18
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This dude was hanging out in Tyler. My thoughts are that he is a Three-Toed Box. Is this a native critter or possibly someoneís pet?


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That is a male (reddish head) three toed box turtle.
http://www.texasturtles.org/Terrapen...triunguis.html
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Old 05-17-2019, 06:40 PM   #19
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Thanks for all the replies. I found his red color interesting. I looked content and was not near any roads so I snapped his picture and let him be.


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Old 05-17-2019, 09:17 PM   #20
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Used to catch those all the time growing up in Calvert,Tx. Fire ants I believe have put a good dent in the population.


Why? I canít grasp the whole kill turtles for fun thing......
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Old 05-17-2019, 09:44 PM   #21
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Why? I canít grasp the whole kill turtles for fun thing......


I donít think he was purposely placing them in fire ant mounds.


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Old 05-17-2019, 10:23 PM   #22
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Saw one today crossing street in my neighborhood.
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