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Old 03-25-2020, 11:11 AM   #1
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What kind? Good pet?

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Old 03-25-2020, 11:13 AM   #2
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Box turtle I believe, good pet.
Are known to have salmonella.
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Old 03-25-2020, 11:14 AM   #3
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Western Box Turtle I believe. Don't let that son of a gun bite you. Good God almighty it hurts.
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Old 03-25-2020, 11:23 AM   #4
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Man I haven't seen one of those since I was a kid. All I see these days are those **** red ear sliders
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Old 03-25-2020, 11:24 AM   #5
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Man I haven't seen one of those since I was a kid. All I see these days are those **** red ear sliders
Found it in the middle of my street in cypress..wife wants me to get rid of it

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Old 03-25-2020, 11:27 AM   #6
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Box turtle. Used to have several as pets. they get friendly pretty quick.
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Old 03-25-2020, 11:43 AM   #7
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My mom used to ask us to find her a box turtle when we were kids. Turns out she was making sure we got out into nature and knew the animals we came across. What a clever woman!
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Old 03-25-2020, 11:47 AM   #8
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They really really like tomatoes. I used to find them in my grandma's garden, always eating on tomatoes.
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Old 03-25-2020, 12:41 PM   #9
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Western Box Turtle I believe. Don't let that son of a gun bite you. Good God almighty it hurts.
And it won't let go until it thunders
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Old 03-25-2020, 01:04 PM   #10
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They really really like tomatoes. I used to find them in my grandma's garden, always eating on tomatoes.
That and strawberries!


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Old 03-25-2020, 01:06 PM   #11
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https://www.desertusa.com/animals/box_turtle.html

This website says trying to make a pet out of one caught in the wild almost always fails!!!!

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Old 03-25-2020, 01:17 PM   #12
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I’ve had it work both ways. Some are some never would. We kept them for a while and returned em to the wild. Had em for our son who really enjoyed them.
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Old 03-25-2020, 01:21 PM   #13
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And it won't let go until it thunders
That's exactly what my grandma told me after I got bit. Luckily it only hung on for a little bit but that beak deal they have is sharp and it cut me. I was little and I kept foolin with that thing. I was crying and carrying on after it got me and she told me I better just start leaving stuff alone. Cause the next time it gets me it won't let go under it thunders. It wasn't cloudy that day so I left it alone.
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Old 03-25-2020, 01:36 PM   #14
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We let him go, he is wandering through our front yard. I counted 4 ridges, so he is suppose to be 4 years old.

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Old 03-25-2020, 01:41 PM   #15
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Eastern Box turtle is my guess.
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Old 03-25-2020, 01:46 PM   #16
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That and strawberries!


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The one I had as a kid would eat black berries outta my hand. He loved em along with lettuce. I kept him for about a year and then turned him loose.
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Old 03-25-2020, 02:30 PM   #17
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Wife caught this one at home today.




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Old 03-25-2020, 02:33 PM   #18
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Now that one will bite and hold on until it thunders.

At our old house we had a box turtle that showed up every spring and summer. Was always eating the dogs food.
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Old 03-25-2020, 03:11 PM   #19
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We had a bunch for pets when I was a kid.. my dad had a pen full until he passed away .. I pulled the sides off the pen but the turtles still come to their food bowl .. my mom feeds them fruit and vegetables..

I saw a girl throw one in a pond one time because she thought she was saving it.. poor turtle probably drowned..
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Old 03-25-2020, 03:20 PM   #20
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We always had a couple when I was younger. They would always come up to the porch to get fed.
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Old 03-25-2020, 03:40 PM   #21
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I had one as a kid. Painted my initials on his shell with white-out. (I was unaware at the time but you're definitely not supposed to do this as it can impact the growth of their shell.)

He lived in the backyard and would disappear for months at a time, then show back up for a while.
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Old 03-25-2020, 03:58 PM   #22
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Dale Moser, I think that's an alligator turtle and they are illegal to possess in Texas. I think I just read in a recent P&W magazine article that box turtles are becoming endangered due to the number of poachers and black market trade. I have the article around here somewhere.

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Old 03-25-2020, 04:08 PM   #23
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Dale Moser, I think that's an alligator turtle and they are illegal to possess in Texas. I think I just read in a recent P&W magazine article that box turtles are becoming endangered due to the number of poachers and black market trade. I have it around here somewhere.


So Iíve been told. When I get home, my son and I will drive him to a little creek bottom near the house. I think he was probably hatched around my neighbors tank, and he was wandering around very near the street.


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Old 03-25-2020, 04:19 PM   #24
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Funny this thread popped up today. My wife and daughter caught a baby red ear in the yard yesterday. My daughter is obsessed with it.
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Old 03-25-2020, 05:24 PM   #25
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I think I just read in a recent P&W magazine article that box turtles are becoming endangered due to the number of poachers and black market trade.
Fire Ants wiped them out as well.
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Old 03-25-2020, 05:34 PM   #26
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lol

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Old 03-25-2020, 06:31 PM   #27
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I tried to save a good size snapping turtle on the feeder a few days ago.
A #$_&che bag in a white fx2 Ford swung over and killed him in front of my daughter before I could get to him.
She wanted me to chase him down and whoop on him.
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Old 03-25-2020, 08:06 PM   #28
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I tried to save a good size snapping turtle on the feeder a few days ago.
A #$_&che bag in a white fx2 Ford swung over and killed him in front of my daughter before I could get to him.
She wanted me to chase him down and whoop on him.
I agree with her!!
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Old 03-25-2020, 08:12 PM   #29
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Ornate box turtle

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Old 03-25-2020, 08:30 PM   #30
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Three toed box turtle with a nice pattern. They make good pets.
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Old 03-25-2020, 08:36 PM   #31
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***...125 for this thing, i should have put it on craigslist lol

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Old 03-25-2020, 08:43 PM   #32
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I didn't even see that. I just looked at the picture.
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Old 03-25-2020, 08:46 PM   #33
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This one came strolling through the calf barn like he owned the place yesterday. Last I saw him he crawled under the feed truck and headed for the cooling pond
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Old 03-25-2020, 08:50 PM   #34
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This one came strolling through the calf barn like he owned the place yesterday. Last I saw him he crawled under the feed truck and headed for the cooling pond
Those are pretty good eatin. Kinda hard to clean but they're pretty good fried up like chicken. I've always heard soft shelled turtles are better but I haven't tried one of those yet.
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Old 03-25-2020, 08:54 PM   #35
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Those are pretty good eatin. Kinda hard to clean but they're pretty good fried up like chicken. I've always heard soft shelled turtles are better but I haven't tried one of those yet.
Thereís probably 10-12 soft shells in the cooling pond that are MASSIVE


Iíve heard they are both good eating.... but I ainít that hungry and they are pretty cool to watch
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Old 03-25-2020, 09:09 PM   #36
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I say they're pretty good but I like alligator and snake and all that too. All reptiles pretty much taste the same to me. I'm not the best cook so I'd imagine somebody that knows what they're doing could cook them up to where they're really good.
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Old 03-25-2020, 09:19 PM   #37
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It's the Box Turtle rut.
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Old 03-25-2020, 09:40 PM   #38
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Small world. Opened the garage and found this one this afternoon.

Put him up on the trash can for a pic then took him to the creek down the street.

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Old 03-25-2020, 09:46 PM   #39
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Love those little box turtles. We used to have an Australian shepherd that loved finding them and bringing them up on the porch. He'd carry em around try to wait on them to poke their heads out. Eventually he'd get bored and they'd wander off. Then he'd catch them again. We started marking the shells with fingernail polish to see how many were repeat customers. He surprisingly found a lot of different ones. He was a strange dog. lol
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Old 03-25-2020, 10:22 PM   #40
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Not sure if it was illegal to possess when I was a kid, but I had one and named it Raphael from the Ninja turtles. It was a pretty good pet.
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Old 03-26-2020, 07:59 AM   #41
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Small world. Opened the garage and found this one this afternoon.

Put him up on the trash can for a pic then took him to the creek down the street.

These logger heads will make the best pets you ever had !
They can bite the hands off your enemies.
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Old 03-26-2020, 08:47 AM   #42
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Funny I see this thread now. I saw a box turtle in the middle of the street 15 minutes ago on my way to office. I stopped and moved him to the yard in the direction he was headed. Didn't think to take a pic.
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Old 03-26-2020, 09:19 AM   #43
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had one under my porch. I planted a row garden near the porch with flowers and some vegetables. He visited the garden and ate Everything I planted in one day. Nice little guy found a new home in the country after that. And talk about biting turtles, spotted a HUGE Snapper in the road. Serious 50 lbs or more. I stopped to push it out of the traffic. It had a neck that could reach way out and snapped fiercely at me with a loud report from its jaws. It would turn and face me so could not even get behind it. I left it and hoped it would get its a@@ off the road without my help.
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Old 03-26-2020, 10:01 AM   #44
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Box turtles live to be 50 years old and have home range of a 1 mile radius during their long lives. I always leave them alone. Once they are removed from an area, others aren’t recolonizing anytime soon.
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Old 03-26-2020, 10:42 AM   #45
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I think the turtles are laying eggs now.
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Old 03-26-2020, 12:15 PM   #46
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Best part about turtles of any kind for pets is they don't bark a lot
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Old 03-26-2020, 03:09 PM   #47
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Yea but in this case, their bite is worse than their bark!
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Old 03-26-2020, 11:09 PM   #48
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I ended up turning that little gator turtle loose in the culvert under my driveway. Thereís a little water under there and should be some bugs and tadpoles for it until the next big rain sends it down to a creek.


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Old 03-26-2020, 11:18 PM   #49
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Hereís what yíall pet turtles are going to turn into. My cousin sent me this the other day, not sure if he took it or one of his buddies.
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Old 03-27-2020, 12:11 PM   #50
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We had a pointer that would bring us the box turtles. Like this one, and the blackish with yellow spots. My friend put them in his tractor tire sand box and kept them fed. They loved berries and vegetables. In the spring he had little quarter sized box turtles in there.
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