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This little one has been roaming my yard for about a week, avoiding the sun and searching for water. I would like to relocate it so my dogs do not harass or hurt it. Any information on it would be greatly appreciated.

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Heather39
Heather39 4 years ago
Eastern Box Turtle
Terrapene carolina carolina Eastern box turtle - Wikipedia


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2 Comments

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 4 years ago

The best thing to do for these turtles is to move them to a safer place (if they are in danger of injury) in the direction they are moving and not far from where they were originally found. They have very small home ranges and if moved too far away, they can spend their lives trying to return to their home areas.

Heather39
Heather39 4 years ago

If your yard is not fenced, you may have difficulty relocating this guy without him returning. If you do move him, make sure you put him somewhere where he won't get run over, get attacked by dogs, or drown. Here's an article on what happens to relocated box turtles that may be of interest:

http://www.humanesociety.org/news/news/2...

gooie.green
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gooie.green

New York, USA

Spotted on Jun 24, 2017
Submitted on Jun 24, 2017

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