Turtles are amazing, let’s just start with that.
They are prehistoric, eat literally anything, are loved by all, and are so so sweet (except those snappers, but there always has to be an exception).
While mucking out our flower beds recently Elizabeth discovered a box turtle meandering around our side yard. I did my best to prevent any additional pokes (photos), and we watched this sweet turtle make a bee line straight for the worst spot aesthetically in the flower bed, where she burrowed into the leaf litter and pine straw.
I was ecstatic! Our visually unappealing flower beds were home to an endangered species, that’s quite humbling! We halted our measures to beautify our temporary home and did some research on box turtles.
The first thing we learned was that they’re endangered.
Second was that the worst thing one can do to a box turtle is to relocate it. Simple enough for us – just don’t move it.
The third was that they eat everything: live bugs, fruit and other organic matter, you name it.
The fourth was that they lay numerous nests of eggs in groups of about 5 eggs.
Fifth was that they are pretty much stationary in terms of home turf; they don’t relocate.
That was all I needed to know to call it quits on our curb appeal project. In an attempt to keep the turtles home as natural as it was before she was discovered, I returned most of the leaf litter I had removed.
Since then we will check on her every once in awhile and our days are always brightened so much when we see her. If there was a way I could ensure this little turtle’s health and longevity, I would.
I wish I could speak turtle and let her know how much she is loved by the Butlers.