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Eastern Box Turtle Hatchlings

Terrapene carolina ssp. carolina


Only a little over an inch from head to tail. I found four, hours old, hatchlings. Two still had their egg tooth attached, one was still coming out of a hole in the ground where it's egg was buried. The first photo shows the still wet remains of this little one's yolk sack.


Mixed forest near a freshwater lake and wetlands.


This is our state reptile. Amazing to find them obviously on their first day of life. I took a lot more photos, but these are some of my favorites.

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Musicwolf 9 years ago

I added one more photo that clearly shows one of the egg-teeth.

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 9 years ago

Amazing spotting

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Wonderful spotting!

Musicwolf 9 years ago

Thank you all for the favorites and comments. I've enjoyed sharing these little ones with all of you.

Tom15 9 years ago

Congrats on SOTD with this wonderful spotting!

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 9 years ago


Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Fabulous little creatures. Congratulations.

AshleyT 9 years ago

Congrats! Must have been awesome to see these guys so early in life!

Musicwolf 9 years ago

Thanks so much for the SOTD :) You have no idea how happy I was when I logged on and saw that you chose this one today. I'm thrilled to be able to share my cool experience with everyone!

LisaPowers 9 years ago

What a cutie!

KarenL 9 years ago

What an adorable series! Congrats Musicwolf, you have earned a well-deserved Spotting of the Day!

Measuring just over an inch in length and still with its egg tooth and the remains of its yolk sack, this newly hatched box turtle is Spotting of the Day!


Musicwolf 9 years ago

Thank you Neil. I was beyond excited when I saw them!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 9 years ago

Now this is a brilliant spotting. How lucky you are to have been there to witness this. I'm envious :-)

Musicwolf 9 years ago

Thank you Benno!

Benno Ibold
Benno Ibold 9 years ago

Amazing series.

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North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Oct 16, 2012
Submitted on Apr 27, 2014

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