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We had an account on Facebook, but due to Facebook’s rules we could no longer have a Box Turtle friend account. They took down the account after almost 5 years. All of our pics and friends’ pics were lost. We have included the highlights of some pics from the fan page here. We will continue to add the same things here as we do on social media for you to enjoy in case you are not be on social media. We still have a Facebook Fan Page.

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This guy was trying to get into the local library! "Mr. Box turtle joined the summer reading program today!" Photo by Catherine Wall

This guy was trying to get into the local library!
“Mr. Box turtle joined the summer reading program today!” Photo by Catherine Wall

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Remember to patrol before you mow. We came across this big guy today while mowing. The tall grass made a perfect hide for this guy. We always leave large areas of tall grass just for this occasion. You never know when you may have little visitors over.

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July 3 at 9:21pm ·  ·    STOP: Box turtles are not racecars! The 4th is here, which means celebrations at parks and other public events. A lot of these celebrations still sponsor turtle races. Please don’t participate! Turtle races can spread disease; some turtles are caught on the side of the road months before the race and kept in poor conditions. After races the wild caught turtles are rarely returned to their home territory. Often they are just dumped on the side of the road or even released at the location of the race.

July 3 at 9:21pm · ·
STOP: Box turtles are not racecars! The 4th is here, which means celebrations at parks and other public events. A lot of these celebrations still sponsor turtle races. Please don’t participate! Turtle races can spread disease; some turtles are caught on the side of the road months before the race and kept in poor conditions. After races the wild caught turtles are rarely returned to their home territory. Often they are just dumped on the side of the road or even released at the location of the race.

May 23 at 8:39am ·  ·    We came across this beauty this past week up in the Pisgah Forest. Far away from any houses, roads, trails, and especially people. Let them Stay wIld! Happy World Turtle day!

May 23 at 8:39am · ·
We came across this beauty this past week up in the Pisgah Forest. Far away from any houses, roads, trails, and especially people. Let them Stay wIld! Happy World Turtle day!

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March 24 at 3:39am ·  ·    Good Morning! A few of our resident Box Turtles, emerged from their Winter slumber yesterday!

March 24 at 3:39am · ·
Good Morning! A few of our resident Box Turtles, emerged from their Winter slumber yesterday!

March 24 at 10:31am ·  ·    The Eastern Box Turtle is the only fully terrestrial turtle found in North Carolina. Box Turtles can be found soaking in streams and at the edges of ponds after brumation, during Summer months and during times of illness. The Eastern Box Turtle does not live in water. We have received Box Turtles that were kept as an aquatic turtle. The health conditions and problems from this are many.

March 24 at 10:31am · ·
The Eastern Box Turtle is the only fully terrestrial turtle found in North Carolina. Box Turtles can be found soaking in streams and at the edges of ponds after brumation, during Summer months and during times of illness. The Eastern Box Turtle does not live in water. We have received Box Turtles that were kept as an aquatic turtle. The health conditions and problems from this are many.

March 10 at 4:45pm ·  ·    Check out this bright-eyed beauty spotted by our friend, Sally Erickson, while on a hike this past weekend in SC. They will begin crossing our roadways soon. Please keep an eye out for them, and remember to watch your pets while on outings.

March 10 at 4:45pm · ·
Check out this bright-eyed beauty spotted by our friend, Sally Erickson, while on a hike this past weekend in SC. They will begin crossing our roadways soon. Please keep an eye out for them, and remember to watch your pets while on outings.

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November 27, 2014 at 3:18pm ·  ·    Happy Thanksgiving! Box Turtles are still collected for craft purposes and food. Box turtles are shipped overseas every year for the food industry. Know who you are surrendering and taking any turtle to. We hear of numerous people collecting turtles for money, and pet shops wanting turtles for this very purpose.

November 27, 2014 at 3:18pm · ·
Happy Thanksgiving! Box Turtles are still collected for craft purposes and food. Box turtles are shipped overseas every year for the food industry. Know who you are surrendering and taking any turtle to. We hear of numerous people collecting turtles for money, and pet shops wanting turtles for this very purpose.

December 25, 2014 at 4:16pm ·  ·    Merry Christmas everyone! Wishing everyone safe and happy holidays from Carolina Box Turtles! We also want to thank a special little turtle for his wonderful Christmas card and ornament. Thank you, Littlefoot. You brought smiles to all of our sick and recovering turtles we have indoors at the moment. Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2014 at 4:16pm · ·
Merry Christmas everyone! Wishing everyone safe and happy holidays from Carolina Box Turtles! We also want to thank a special little turtle for his wonderful Christmas card and ornament. Thank you, Littlefoot. You brought smiles to all of our sick and recovering turtles we have indoors at the moment. Merry Christmas!

January 2 at 12:02pm ·  ·    Happy New Year! Some of our inside guys are starting the year off right with minnows, crawdads, and rabbit liver.

January 2 at 12:02pm · ·
Happy New Year! Some of our inside guys are starting the year off right with minnows, crawdads, and rabbit liver.

November 11, 2014 at 3:53p

November 11, 2014 at 3:53p

November 11, 2014 at 3:53p

November 11, 2014 at 3:53p

October 6, 2014 at 8:17am ·  ·    Bonfire season is here. Think before you burn.  http://carolinaboxturtles.com/fall-is-here/

October 6, 2014 at 8:17am · ·
Bonfire season is here. Think before you burn.
http://carolinaboxturtles.com/fall-is-here/

October 4, 2014 at 1:46pm ·  ·    Busy day. Getting some guys ready to be returned to their home territories.

October 4, 2014 at 1:46pm · ·
Busy day. Getting some guys ready to be returned to their home territories.

October 6, 2014 at 8:19am ·  ·    Fall is here and leaves are falling. Slow down and look before you plow through those leaves.  http://carolinaboxturtles.com/fall-is-here/

October 6, 2014 at 8:19am · ·
Fall is here and leaves are falling. Slow down and look before you plow through those leaves.
http://carolinaboxturtles.com/fall-is-here/

October 27, 2014 at 2:46pm ·  ·    Saturday was a good day for some Box Turtle education. At Rescue Ranch's Fall Festival.

October 27, 2014 at 2:46pm · ·
Saturday was a good day for some Box Turtle education. At Rescue Ranch’s Fall Festival.

August 28, 2014 at 6:46pm ·  ·    Starting her big journey across the road. ( With some help)

August 28, 2014 at 6:46pm · ·
Starting her big journey across the road. ( With some help)

August 28, 2014 at 6:26pm ·  ·    Another Box Turtle Favorite.

August 28, 2014 at 6:26pm · ·
Another Box Turtle Favorite.

August 11, 2014 at 8:30pm ·  ·

August 11, 2014 at 8:30pm · ·

September 22, 2014 at 8:43pm ·  ·    For more info. http://www.morganton.com/news/south-mountains-state-park-nature-day-event-to-offer-hands/article_6876c448-3de6-11e4-a38f-001a4bcf6878.html

September 22, 2014 at 8:43pm · ·
For more info. http://www.morganton.com/news/south-mountains-state-park-nature-day-event-to-offer-hands/article_6876c448-3de6-11e4-a38f-001a4bcf6878.html

August 28, 2014 at 6:12pm ·  ·    munching down on a juicy banana pepper.

August 28, 2014 at 6:12pm · ·
munching down on a juicy banana pepper.

August 11, 2014 at 11:36am ·  ·    We had a great time of educating people about Box Turtles, at the Schiele's Amphibian And Reptile day yesterday.

August 11, 2014 at 11:36am · ·
We had a great time of educating people about Box Turtles, at the Schiele’s Amphibian And Reptile day yesterday.

Next Sunday, come out to the The Schiele Museum's annual Reptile and Amphibian Day. Swing by and see some of our resident Box Turtles and say hi. A couple of our water turtles will even be making an appearance this year. See you there.  1500 East Garrison Blvd. Gastonia, NC 28054 http://www.schielemuseum.org/

Next Sunday, come out to the The Schiele Museum’s annual Reptile and Amphibian Day. Swing by and see some of our resident Box Turtles and say hi. A couple of our water turtles will even be making an appearance this year. See you there.
1500 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC 28054
http://www.schielemuseum.org/

August 4, 2014 at 7:11pm ·  ·    Check out this pretty Boxie, that our friend Alysia came upon in the wild!

August 4, 2014 at 7:11pm · ·
Check out this pretty Boxie, that our friend Alysia came upon in the wild!

August 11, 2014 at 8:30pm ·  ·

August 11, 2014 at 8:30pm · ·

July 24, 2014 at 5:06pm ·  ·    With the summer storms, these guys have really been on the move.

July 24, 2014 at 5:06pm · ·
With the summer storms, these guys have really been on the move.

July 31, 2014 at 10:15am ·  ·    Peekaboo!

July 31, 2014 at 10:15am · ·
Peekaboo!

June 5, 2014 at 9:43pm ·  ·    A pretty, red eyed female. We came across her today.

June 5, 2014 at 9:43pm · ·
A pretty, red eyed female. We came across her today.

August 3, 2014 at 1:26pm ·  ·    Two boxes of tomatoes and one bushel of Peaches, makes for happy Box Turtles!

August 3, 2014 at 1:26pm · ·
Two boxes of tomatoes and one bushel of Peaches, makes for happy Box Turtles!

June 5, 2014 at 9:43pm ·  ·    A pretty, red eyed female. We came across her today.·  ·    A pretty, red eyed female. We came across her today.

June 5, 2014 at 9:43pm · ·
A pretty, red eyed female. We came across her today.· ·
A pretty, red eyed female. We came across her today.

May 23, 2014 at 8:55am ·  ·    What are you doing on #WorldTurtleDay

May 23, 2014 at 8:55am · ·
What are you doing on #WorldTurtleDay

May 18, 2014 at 9:54pm ·  ·    Please remember to look before you mow. We received this girl last week, she was clipped by a riding mower.

May 18, 2014 at 9:54pm · ·
Please remember to look before you mow. We received this girl last week, she was clipped by a riding mower.

May 11, 2014 at 9:20am ·  ·

May 11, 2014 at 9:20am · ·

May 9, 2014 at 9:02am ·  ·    Good morning! This guy was an rehabilitation from last year. He was brought to us with an injured back leg; from a vehicle encounter. He had a 100% recovery rate! Here he is caught with egg on his face. Literally. These guys are starting to venture out, keep a eye out during your commute. (It seems our field camera, has acquired a foreign object behind the lens)

May 9, 2014 at 9:02am · ·
Good morning! This guy was an rehabilitation from last year. He was brought to us with an injured back leg; from a vehicle encounter. He had a 100% recovery rate! Here he is caught with egg on his face. Literally. These guys are starting to venture out, keep a eye out during your commute. (It seems our field camera, has acquired a foreign object behind the lens)

May 10, 2014 at 6:08pm ·  ·    Supper time! Like kids, they always want what the other has...

May 10, 2014 at 6:08pm · ·
Supper time! Like kids, they always want what the other has…

April 20, 2014 at 1:58pm ·  ·

April 20, 2014 at 1:58pm · ·

April 22, 2014 at 11:49am ·  ·

April 22, 2014 at 11:49am · ·

April 4, 2014 at 12:56pm ·  ·    A happier Turtle.

April 4, 2014 at 12:56pm · ·
A happier Turtle.

April 2, 2014 at 4:51pm ·  ·    This pretty girl was uncovered and discovered while clearing some brush. An observant and caring, Mrs. Woods, discovered this beauty. She was covered back and left to emerge at her own time. These jewels will be emerging very soon.

April 2, 2014 at 4:51pm · ·
This pretty girl was uncovered and discovered while clearing some brush. An observant and caring, Mrs. Woods, discovered this beauty. She was covered back and left to emerge at her own time. These jewels will be emerging very soon.

March 20, 2014 at 9:38am ·  ·

March 20, 2014 at 9:38am · ·

April 1, 2014 at 11:52am ·  ·    This girl ventured out on this past rainy Saturday for a snack. She returned to her spot as the temps dropped again.

April 1, 2014 at 11:52am · ·
This girl ventured out on this past rainy Saturday for a snack. She returned to her spot as the temps dropped again.

These guys are still in quarantine, but there is nothing like a good sunbath on a beautiful day.

These guys are still in quarantine, but there is nothing like a good sunbath on a beautiful day.

March 4, 2014 at 3:19pm ·  ·    With this crazy weather of late, 70's one day and 30's the next, it has brought some of our resident Box Turtles out for a short span. This female came out yesterday for a walk around and a soak. With temps dropping to freezing last night, we placed her back in her brumation location. We hope our little friends in the wild are faring well with this 'turn on a dime' temps.

March 4, 2014 at 3:19pm · ·
With this crazy weather of late, 70’s one day and 30’s the next, it has brought some of our resident Box Turtles out for a short span. This female came out yesterday for a walk around and a soak. With temps dropping to freezing last night, we placed her back in her brumation location. We hope our little friends in the wild are faring well with this ‘turn on a dime’ temps.

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March 1, 2014 at 1:44pm ·  ·    We visited the Museum of York County yesterday. They have several dioramas using Box Turtle mounts and their shells. Here is one with a kit.

March 1, 2014 at 1:44pm · ·
We visited the Museum of York County yesterday. They have several dioramas using Box Turtle mounts and their shells. Here is one with a kit.

February 27, 2014 at 9:23am ·  ·

February 27, 2014 at 9:23am · ·

February 17, 2014 at 3:12pm ·  ·    See the Box Turtle?

February 17, 2014 at 3:12pm · ·
See the Box Turtle?

February 14, 2014 at 10:46am ·  ·    Here is another great photo taken and shared with us by, Rick Dove. A lovely Eastern cooling off in a creek.

February 14, 2014 at 10:46am · ·
Here is another great photo taken and shared with us by, Rick Dove. A lovely Eastern cooling off in a creek.

February 16, 2014 at 1:27pm ·  ·    If you are keeping or plan on keeping Box Turtles inside (outside is always best), please remember they need UVB/A lightning. UVB cannot penetrate through glass, and it can even be partially blocked with fine mesh. Do not place a glass top over the cage between the bulb and the animal. If a mesh top is necessary to prevent escapes, select a type with larger openings.

February 16, 2014 at 1:27pm · ·
If you are keeping or plan on keeping Box Turtles inside (outside is always best), please remember they need UVB/A lightning. UVB cannot penetrate through glass, and it can even be partially blocked with fine mesh. Do not place a glass top over the cage between the bulb and the animal. If a mesh top is necessary to prevent escapes, select a type with larger openings.

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January 22, 2014 at 9:44am

January 22, 2014 at 9:44am

January 14, 2014 at 8:42am ·  ·    We received these guys last week, they were discovered on the side of the road in sub zero weather. Luckily, a kind hearted gentleman discovered them and rescued them from the elements. Not only was it irresponsible to just dump unwanted pets on the side of the road but to dump them in the freezing, and to release two non-native species at that. (Ornate Box Turtles are not native to this area.) Please never release unwanted pets into the wild. As of today, these three are doing great, eating like champs and very active. We will have the full story of these guys on our websites blog soon.

January 14, 2014 at 8:42am · ·
We received these guys last week, they were discovered on the side of the road in sub zero weather. Luckily, a kind hearted gentleman discovered them and rescued them from the elements. Not only was it irresponsible to just dump unwanted pets on the side of the road but to dump them in the freezing, and to release two non-native species at that. (Ornate Box Turtles are not native to this area.) Please never release unwanted pets into the wild. As of today, these three are doing great, eating like champs and very active. We will have the full story of these guys on our websites blog soon.

February 3, 2014 at 8:38pm ·  ·    Update: The female Ornate we received that was abandoned on the side of the road, is still hesitant to eating. She will eat if we hold her and hand feed her. (Whatever it takes.)

February 3, 2014 at 8:38pm · ·
Update: The female Ornate we received that was abandoned on the side of the road, is still hesitant to eating. She will eat if we hold her and hand feed her. (Whatever it takes.)

January 1, 2014 at 3:20pm ·  ·

January 1, 2014 at 3:20pm · ·

January 3, 2014 at 2:06pm ·  ·    We would like to introduce everyone to Parker. We took in Parker during the first of 2013. When we received Parker, the little guy was very lethargic, had skin issues, severe MBD (metabolic bone disease), beak overgrowth, soft shell, no tail, and plastron pyramiding, just to name a few of his issues. Over 2013, Parker received much TLC and sunlight. Today, Parker is full of life, his shell has hardened back up, and he chases down pill bugs and crickets like a champ. There is even a tip of tail emerging. This little guy’s strong will power to survive is incredible and inspiring. We will have Parker on our 2014 Education Circuit. Along with conservation education, we hope to educate people on proper husbandry too, for those who keep Box Turtles for pets. Parker’s conditions are only from a lack of education on how to keep Box Turtles. Here’s to a bright 2014 for Parker and all the turtles we can help out through educating their owners.

January 3, 2014 at 2:06pm · ·
We would like to introduce everyone to Parker. We took in Parker during the first of 2013. When we received Parker, the little guy was very lethargic, had skin issues, severe MBD (metabolic bone disease), beak overgrowth, soft shell, no tail, and plastron pyramiding, just to name a few of his issues. Over 2013, Parker received much TLC and sunlight. Today, Parker is full of life, his shell has hardened back up, and he chases down pill bugs and crickets like a champ. There is even a tip of tail emerging. This little guy’s strong will power to survive is incredible and inspiring. We will have Parker on our 2014 Education Circuit. Along with conservation education, we hope to educate people on proper husbandry too, for those who keep Box Turtles for pets. Parker’s conditions are only from a lack of education on how to keep Box Turtles. Here’s to a bright 2014 for Parker and all the turtles we can help out through educating their owners.

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December 23, 2013 at 9:16am ·  ·    It's December 23rd, and look what this warm rainy December day has brought out.

December 23, 2013 at 9:16am · ·
It’s December 23rd, and look what this warm rainy December day has brought out.

December 28, 2013 at 2:00pm ·  ·    We would like to thank Littlefoot the Box Turtle for the wonderful Christmas card. We hope you had a great Christmas and wish you a happy New Year.

December 28, 2013 at 2:00pm · ·
We would like to thank Littlefoot the Box Turtle for the wonderful Christmas card. We hope you had a great Christmas and wish you a happy New Year.

December 21, 2013 at 7:08am ·  ·    Wishing everyone a great Winter Solstice today. While all of our tomatoes have been picked, canned, etc., and the plants turned back into the garden, these jewels are dug down for the winter. (They may make an appearance on this first day of winter, as warm as it is here in the western Piedmont.) Next garden season, for our turtle friends, think about leaving tomatoes on the vine that are hanging low. Not only will they highly enjoy the tomato, they will also help keep certain pest out, i.e. slugs, tomato worms, caterpillars, etc.

December 21, 2013 at 7:08am · ·
Wishing everyone a great Winter Solstice today. While all of our tomatoes have been picked, canned, etc., and the plants turned back into the garden, these jewels are dug down for the winter. (They may make an appearance on this first day of winter, as warm as it is here in the western Piedmont.) Next garden season, for our turtle friends, think about leaving tomatoes on the vine that are hanging low. Not only will they highly enjoy the tomato, they will also help keep certain pest out, i.e. slugs, tomato worms, caterpillars, etc.

December 17, 2013 at 9:05am ·  ·

December 17, 2013 at 9:05am · ·

December 16, 2013 at 8:37am ·  ·    What are our favorite Box Turtle photos? We love the back end photos! Seeing the back end shots, we know these guys were helped safely across the roadway and/or returned to the their home habitat. A wild Box Turtle is always happiest in its own habitat. These are just a few we've helped this year.

December 16, 2013 at 8:37am · ·
What are our favorite Box Turtle photos? We love the back end photos! Seeing the back end shots, we know these guys were helped safely across the roadway and/or returned to the their home habitat. A wild Box Turtle is always happiest in its own habitat. These are just a few we’ve helped this year.

December 5, 2013 at 9:34am ·  ·    This warm, misty, December day, has some of our friends up and out.. Watch out for these guys...

December 5, 2013 at 9:34am · ·
This warm, misty, December day, has some of our friends up and out.. Watch out for these guys…

October 31, 2013 at 11:38am ·  ·    Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Halloween...

October 31, 2013 at 11:38am · ·
Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Halloween…

December 20, 2013 at 9:37am ·  ·    Age: 20+ _____ Oh, the stories she could tell...

December 20, 2013 at 9:37am · ·
Age: 20+ _____ Oh, the stories she could tell…

November 14, 2013 at 9:12pm ·  ·    NC state parks have a "Junior Rangers" program for kids. Each park has their own "Junior Rangers patch", all are incredible. Check out Crowders mtn state park's badge. http://www.ncparks.gov/Education/jrranger.php

November 14, 2013 at 9:12pm · ·
NC state parks have a “Junior Rangers” program for kids. Each park has their own “Junior Rangers patch”, all are incredible. Check out Crowders mtn state park’s badge.
http://www.ncparks.gov/Education/jrranger.php

November 3, 2013 at 12:32am ·  ·    We had a great day at Crowders Mtn. State Park's Fur, Fangs, and Feathers event. Plenty of turtle education and Q&A.

November 3, 2013 at 12:32am · ·
We had a great day at Crowders Mtn. State Park’s Fur, Fangs, and Feathers event. Plenty of turtle education and Q&A.

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October 27, 2013 at 2:33pm ·  ·    Come on out, fun for the entire family! Swing by and say hello and interact with some of our resident Box Turtles.  Crowders Mountain State Park Sat, November 2, 2013  Fur, Fangs, and Feathers Fall Festival Our most fantastic event of the year! Join us for nature games and programs, make your own nature art print, find out about the busy life of bees, take a hike led by master naturalists and buy a grilled hot dog lunch to support Friends of Crowders Mountain. See primitive fire building and knife sharpening skills’ demonstrations. Come pan for gold and take a wagon ride hosted by Rednour Farms. Spend time visiting with Gaston County 4-H and the master gardeners. Visit local vendors such as Gander Mtn and Patriot Jack's! The Crowders Mountain Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue will let you explore their Smoke House and rescue vehicles. Gastonia Police Department will be available for an interactive display on fingerprinting. There will be free live music by "Too Wet to Plow", live animals from the Carolina Raptor Center and live snakes from the Gaston County Snake Man. Give a hug to Smokey Bear and see turtles from the Carolina Box Turtle Assoc. Come rain or shine! The Festival is free and open to all to enjoy a beautiful fall day at the park with family and friends. 10am to 3pm at the visitor center located off of Sparrow Springs Rd. Bring Cash, there is no ATM at the park. Prepare for parking delays. Starts at: 10am Meet at: Visitor Center at Main Park Entrance off of Sparrow Springs Rd

October 27, 2013 at 2:33pm · ·
Come on out, fun for the entire family! Swing by and say hello and interact with some of our resident Box Turtles.
Crowders Mountain State Park
Sat, November 2, 2013
Fur, Fangs, and Feathers Fall Festival
Our most fantastic event of the year! Join us for nature games and programs, make your own nature art print, find out about the busy life of bees, take a hike led by master naturalists and buy a grilled hot dog lunch to support Friends of Crowders Mountain. See primitive fire building and knife sharpening skills’ demonstrations. Come pan for gold and take a wagon ride hosted by Rednour Farms. Spend time visiting with Gaston County 4-H and the master gardeners. Visit local vendors such as Gander Mtn and Patriot Jack’s! The Crowders Mountain Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue will let you explore their Smoke House and rescue vehicles. Gastonia Police Department will be available for an interactive display on fingerprinting. There will be free live music by “Too Wet to Plow”, live animals from the Carolina Raptor Center and live snakes from the Gaston County Snake Man. Give a hug to Smokey Bear and see turtles from the Carolina Box Turtle Assoc. Come rain or shine! The Festival is free and open to all to enjoy a beautiful fall day at the park with family and friends. 10am to 3pm at the visitor center located off of Sparrow Springs Rd. Bring Cash, there is no ATM at the park. Prepare for parking delays.
Starts at: 10am Meet at: Visitor Center at Main Park Entrance off of Sparrow Springs Rd

October 26, 2013 at 11:37pm ·  ·    These Red Ear Sliders were dropped off this morning, literally on our doorstep. We don't normally take in sliders. These guys are non-native to this area; they were bought as pretty green babies the size of a quarter. They don't stay babies for long. We took in two more RES two weeks ago. We only take in sliders to prevent people from releasing them into the wild. They can spread diseases to our local turtle population (especially Eastern Box Turtles). Please, never release a "pet" turtle into the wild. Contact a local herpetological society or rescue to help you find a new home for these guys. Even a Box Turtle that has been kept in captivity should never be released back into the wild. If you want a turtle for a "pet", do research, and more research, then do some more. They require more care and time than most people realize. Kept properly, they could even out live you.

October 26, 2013 at 11:37pm · ·
These Red Ear Sliders were dropped off this morning, literally on our doorstep. We don’t normally take in sliders. These guys are non-native to this area; they were bought as pretty green babies the size of a quarter. They don’t stay babies for long. We took in two more RES two weeks ago. We only take in sliders to prevent people from releasing them into the wild. They can spread diseases to our local turtle population (especially Eastern Box Turtles). Please, never release a “pet” turtle into the wild. Contact a local herpetological society or rescue to help you find a new home for these guys. Even a Box Turtle that has been kept in captivity should never be released back into the wild. If you want a turtle for a “pet”, do research, and more research, then do some more. They require more care and time than most people realize. Kept properly, they could even out live you.

September 27, 2013 at 7:52am ·  ·    Good Morning! We came across this big guy yesterday morning. Even with the chilly mornings, remember to watch out for these guys on your morning commute.

September 27, 2013 at 7:52am · ·
Good Morning! We came across this big guy yesterday morning. Even with the chilly mornings, remember to watch out for these guys on your morning commute.

October 18, 2013 ·  ·    Good morning! It has been a busy two weeks, from injured Box Turtles coming in, to preparing outside areas for overwintering. The temps are dropping, but these guys are still on the move. Watch out for these guys in our roadways. What appears to be a leaf, is not always a leaf.

October 18, 2013 · ·
Good morning! It has been a busy two weeks, from injured Box Turtles coming in, to preparing outside areas for overwintering. The temps are dropping, but these guys are still on the move. Watch out for these guys in our roadways. What appears to be a leaf, is not always a leaf.

October 8, 2013 at 5:12pm ·  ·    58.4 miles later, 8 great guys have been returned to their home range. A great day and weather for the ride.

October 8, 2013 at 5:12pm · ·
58.4 miles later, 8 great guys have been returned to their home range. A great day and weather for the ride.

September 23, 2013 at 3:06pm ·  ·    We had a great time at the The Schiele Museum of Natural History "Reptile and Amphibian Day" yesterday. Lots of Q&A, and many repeat visitors to the table.. Gotta love those Box Turtles. We'll get a post up later today on the event.

September 23, 2013 at 3:06pm · ·
We had a great time at the The Schiele Museum of Natural History “Reptile and Amphibian Day” yesterday. Lots of Q&A, and many repeat visitors to the table.. Gotta love those Box Turtles. We’ll get a post up later today on the event.

September 14, 2013 at 8:31pm ·  ·    Hide little buddy...Hide! One of the displays at Charlotte Nature Museum.

September 14, 2013 at 8:31pm · ·
Hide little buddy…Hide! One of the displays at Charlotte Nature Museum.

September 12, 2013 at 6:13pm ·  ·    Reptile and Amphibian Day! Sept 22nd at The Schiele Museum in Gastonia.  Come out and see all kinds of reptiles. Swing by and say hello to some of our resident Box Turtles.  http://schielemuseum.org/

September 12, 2013 at 6:13pm · ·
Reptile and Amphibian Day! Sept 22nd at The Schiele Museum in Gastonia.
Come out and see all kinds of reptiles. Swing by and say hello to some of our resident Box Turtles.
http://schielemuseum.org/

September 14, 2013 at 8:26pm ·  ·    A great day of Box Turtle education at Charlotte Nature Museum.

September 14, 2013 at 8:26pm · ·
A great day of Box Turtle education at Charlotte Nature Museum.

August 19, 2013 at 6:07pm ·  ·    Unfortunately, there is no Box Turtle Super Hero out there to help protect these guys. It is up to all of us to give these guys a helping hand in crossing roadways and in the prevention of these guys being taken from the wild to be kept as pets. As the rain continues almost daily in the surrounding areas, keep an eye out for these guys trying to cross our roadways.

August 19, 2013 at 6:07pm · ·
Unfortunately, there is no Box Turtle Super Hero out there to help protect these guys. It is up to all of us to give these guys a helping hand in crossing roadways and in the prevention of these guys being taken from the wild to be kept as pets. As the rain continues almost daily in the surrounding areas, keep an eye out for these guys trying to cross our roadways.

July 25, 2013 at 11:01am ·  ·    We came across these two this morning on a busy highway. They were less than 6' apart at the yellow line, both headed in the same direction. They had to be racing each other. The snapper had the Box Turtle by a head. The Box Turtle will have data collected on it and returned here shortly. The snapper will go to a private pond. A campaign against turtles racing each other may need to be instated.

July 25, 2013 at 11:01am · ·
We came across these two this morning on a busy highway. They were less than 6′ apart at the yellow line, both headed in the same direction. They had to be racing each other. The snapper had the Box Turtle by a head. The Box Turtle will have data collected on it and returned here shortly. The snapper will go to a private pond. A campaign against turtles racing each other may need to be instated.

July 3, 2013 at 7:15pm ·  ·    Just one of the guys we came across yesterday.

July 3, 2013 at 7:15pm · ·
Just one of the guys we came across yesterday.

July 6, 2013 at 6:44pm ·  ·    Remember to keep an eye on Rover this time of year. While Box Turtles are off to their nesting sites and searching for mates, they may cut across your yard on their journey. To some dogs, a Box Turtle is only a moving chew toy. This lady ran into said dogs.

July 6, 2013 at 6:44pm · ·
Remember to keep an eye on Rover this time of year. While Box Turtles are off to their nesting sites and searching for mates, they may cut across your yard on their journey. To some dogs, a Box Turtle is only a moving chew toy. This lady ran into said dogs.

July 4, 2013 at 9:21am ·  ·

July 4, 2013 at 9:21am · ·

July 14, 2013 at 9:43pm ·  ·

July 14, 2013 at 9:43pm · ·

June 13, 2013 at 12:35pm ·  ·    This shouldn't happen, especially in NC. They make a quick buck off these guys in SC.

June 13, 2013 at 12:35pm · ·
This shouldn’t happen, especially in NC. They make a quick buck off these guys in SC.

June 6, 2013 at 11:04pm ·  ·

June 6, 2013 at 11:04pm · ·

June 6, 2013 at 11:04pm ·  ·

June 6, 2013 at 11:04pm · ·

June 11, 2013 at 12:14am ·  ·    With all the rain of late, it is washing up another Box Turtle favorite, Crawdads!

June 11, 2013 at 12:14am · ·
With all the rain of late, it is washing up another Box Turtle favorite, Crawdads!

June 6, 2013 at 11:03pm ·  ·

June 6, 2013 at 11:03pm · ·

June 6, 2013 at 11:03pm ·  ·

June 6, 2013 at 11:03pm · ·

May 27, 2013 at 7:34am ·  ·    Hope every one has a happy and safe Memorial Day. With the frequent rains in our area of late, remember to watch out for these guys. We were able to help five across the road in the last two days. All five were within less than half a mile of each other. This pretty girl was one of the five.

May 27, 2013 at 7:34am · ·
Hope every one has a happy and safe Memorial Day. With the frequent rains in our area of late, remember to watch out for these guys. We were able to help five across the road in the last two days. All five were within less than half a mile of each other. This pretty girl was one of the five.

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May 20, 2013 at 9:44am ·  ·    Good Morning. We had a busy weekend; with Box Turtle calls. Please learn proper care for keeping Box Turtles if you decide to keep one as a pet.

May 20, 2013 at 9:44am · ·
Good Morning. We had a busy weekend; with Box Turtle calls. Please learn proper care for keeping Box Turtles if you decide to keep one as a pet.

April 29, 2013 at 9:00pm ·  ·    Three's a crowd

April 29, 2013 at 9:00pm · ·
Three’s a crowd

April 28, 2013 at 11:58am ·  ·    Please Share

April 28, 2013 at 11:58am · ·
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May 21, 2013 at 12:54pm ·  ·

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April 6, 2013 ·  ·    photo by David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net

April 6, 2013 · ·
photo by David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net

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April 12, 2013 at 1:23pm · · We came across our first road fatality of the year this morning; unfortunately, it won’t be the last. It appears this turtle had its shell painted at some time or another. Was it relocated in an attempt to “Rescue” it? We may never know. Watch out for these guys crossing our roadways. They don’t need to be rescued, only helped across the road in the direction they are headed. They are beautiful creatures already; they don’t need to be painted.

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Known from only a handful of localities in the Sierra Madre Occidental of western Mexico, the Spotted Box Turtle, Terrapene nelsoni (Family Emydidae), remains one of the least known chelonian species of North America. Only at the type locality and at one site in Chihuahua have more than four specimens been recorded, most other records consisting of incidental finds or acquisition of solitary specimens. Population density, natural history, and reproductive parameters are thus not understood, and even the favored microhabitat of the species is uncertain. Often the habitat is of difficult access, precipitous, and the turtles themselves seem to have a short activity season, coinciding with the summer monsoon. Most literature on the species is limited to physical description of specimens, on the basis of which two subspecies have been recognized. Based on comparisons of 32 morphological features, the most recent phylogenetic analysis of genus Terrapene has confirmed the close relationship of T. nelsoni to T. ornata, to which it is parapatric in the northern portion of its range. No threats to the species are currently known, and it is classified as Data Deficient on the IUCN Red List. Monitoring for the possibility of an international pet trade developing would be advisable Scientific Name: Terrapene nelsoni Stejneger, 1925 Caption: Terrapene nelsoni Photographer: Sky Jacobs Manager: Sky Jacobs Locality: Cajon Los Pavos de Abajo at the Rio Aros

Known from only a handful of localities in the Sierra Madre Occidental of western Mexico, the Spotted Box Turtle, Terrapene nelsoni (Family Emydidae), remains one of the least known chelonian species of North America. Only at the type locality and at one site in Chihuahua have more than four specimens been recorded, most other records consisting of incidental finds or acquisition of solitary specimens. Population density, natural history, and reproductive parameters are thus not understood, and even the favored microhabitat of the species is uncertain. Often the habitat is of difficult access, precipitous, and the turtles themselves seem to have a short activity season, coinciding with the summer monsoon. Most literature on the species is limited to physical description of specimens, on the basis of which two subspecies have been recognized. Based on comparisons of 32 morphological features, the most recent phylogenetic analysis of genus Terrapene has confirmed the close relationship of T. nelsoni to T. ornata, to which it is parapatric in the northern portion of its range. No threats to the species are currently known, and it is classified as Data Deficient on the IUCN Red List. Monitoring for the possibility of an international pet trade developing would be advisable
Scientific Name: Terrapene nelsoni Stejneger, 1925
Caption: Terrapene nelsoni
Photographer: Sky Jacobs
Manager: Sky Jacobs
Locality: Cajon Los Pavos de Abajo at the Rio Aros

Coahuilan box turtle or aquatic box turtle is an endangered species of turtle in the Emydidae family. National Geographic

Coahuilan box turtle or aquatic box turtle is an endangered species of turtle in the Emydidae family. National Geographic

February 2, 2013 at 5:25am ·  ·    Good Morning.

February 2, 2013 at 5:25am · ·
Good Morning.

ugust 1, 2012 at 12:28pm ·  ·    June Bugs are a favorite for Box Turtles this time of year. June Bugs are found in clusters on fruit trees and Blackberry bushes. When mowing down Black berry bushes in fields, be mindful of the possibility of A Box Turtle being in the middle of the bush; eating the berries as well as the June Bugs. If you have A pet Box Turtle, nothing will excite it more than some juicy, crunchy June Bugs. Go out and collect your little guy some.

ugust 1, 2012 at 12:28pm · ·
June Bugs are a favorite for Box Turtles this time of year. June Bugs are found in clusters on fruit trees and Blackberry bushes. When mowing down Black berry bushes in fields, be mindful of the possibility of A Box Turtle being in the middle of the bush; eating the berries as well as the June Bugs. If you have A pet Box Turtle, nothing will excite it more than some juicy, crunchy June Bugs. Go out and collect your little guy some.

November 14, 2012 at 6:45pm ·  ·    Even with winter fast approaching, Box Turtles can still be seen crossing roadways on warm days. With falling and blowing leaves,it is hard to see these jewels crossing.

November 14, 2012 at 6:45pm · ·
Even with winter fast approaching, Box Turtles can still be seen crossing roadways on warm days. With falling and blowing leaves,it is hard to see these jewels crossing.

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A great healthy treat for Box Turtles, are Wasp larva. They devour these little plump guys. This time of year there is a endless supply. All you need is a fish gig attached to a long pole. They will thank you.

A great healthy treat for Box Turtles, are Wasp larva. They devour these little plump guys. This time of year there is a endless supply. All you need is a fish gig attached to a long pole. They will thank you.

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Another natural food for Eastern Box Turtles are pinkie mice/rats. Field mice are mostly available due to their nesting habits on the ground, as well as the White-footed Mouse, who really does not create a nest but has their young under debri; which Box Turtles can also access. This Box Turtle is feasting on White-footed Mouse pinkies. The White-footed Mouse are major players in carrying ticks that cause Lyme disease, these ticks are tiny and their nymphs are almost microscopic. Just another example of how Box Turtles are beneficial to us.

Another natural food for Eastern Box Turtles are pinkie mice/rats. Field mice are mostly available due to their nesting habits on the ground, as well as the White-footed Mouse, who really does not create a nest but has their young under debri; which Box Turtles can also access. This Box Turtle is feasting on White-footed Mouse pinkies. The White-footed Mouse are major players in carrying ticks that cause Lyme disease, these ticks are tiny and their nymphs are almost microscopic. Just another example of how Box Turtles are beneficial to us.

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