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Welcome to Our New Blog

Posted on:  2016-05-20 10:46:40
Box turtle moving on and moving up ... kind of like Box Turtle World's new blog!

A box turtle moving on
Image by cbgrfx123 @ Flickr; used under CC-BY-2.0


Hey there!

We’ve added a blog to Box Turtle World.

This is where we’ll share stuff that doesn’t fit in the regular site:

  • News stories
  • Random thoughts
  • Great sales on turtle supplies
  • More random thoughts!

These posts will mostly likely be about all kinds of turtles. Not just box turtles.

But probably more about box turtles than others.

How to Help a Turtle Across the Road

Posted on: 2017-05-01 14:31:26
Do’s & Don’ts if you find a turtle in the road

Do’s & Don’ts if you find a turtle in the road

It’s spring and turtles are out of hibernation.

They’re looking for food, mates, and good places to lay eggs. And often those places will be on the other side of a road.

If they’re lucky, the road isn’t busy and they make it safely across.

If the road is busy (or a driver isn’t paying attention) …

Well, that turtle could get crushed. 🙁

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Why Did the Turtle Cross the Road?

Posted on: 2017-05-01 13:59:30
Why did the turtle cross the road? Many reasons!

Turtles have many reasons to cross the road
IBackground photo by Donald Lee Pardue @ Flickr; Used under license CC-BY-2.0

No that’s not the beginning of a joke.

In fact, turtles crossing the road is serious business. They have things to do, places to be.

It’s also dangerous business. These guys are pretty oblivious to the huge hunks of metal bearing down on them. Sadly, sometimes drivers are oblivious to the turtles, too.

You can find turtles crossing the road at any time of year (unless they’re hibernating, of course!).

But they’re especially active in spring. They’ve just come out of hibernation and they’re busy getting on with life.

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Fun video of turtles and tortoises having fun

Turtle and Tortoise Fun

Posted on: 2016-09-16 09:42:04

Have you seen this video?

We just can’t get enough of it.

Turtles and tortoises chasing dogs, trying to eat in peace, giving various animals rides, and more.

Too many people think turtles and tortoises are boring. That’s just not true! They’re not cuddly by any means. But they can definitely be fun!

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Hope for Ornate Box Turtles in Illinois

Posted on: 2016-07-22 11:49:40
Ornate box turtle; Some ornates in Illinois are being released with similar transmitters on their shell

“Ornate box turtle with radio monitor on its shell”
(This turtle is not part of the Illinois ornate box turtle project)
Cropped version of photo by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Illinois ornate box turtles have reason to celebrate!

Just a few weeks ago (in June 2016), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reached its goal of reestablishing a population of 100 ornate box turtles in an Illinois prairie. And they’re 4 years ahead of schedule!

The USFWS, along with 3 Illinois zoos, have been hatching and caring for ornate box turtles since 2009. Each year they send a few more to their new home.

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It’s Box Turtle Day in North Carolina!

Posted on: 2016-05-21 00:00:27
A boxie enjoying the day ... Every day is probably Box Turtle Day for him!

A boxie enjoying the day
Image by Lisa Zins @ Flickr; used under CC-BY-2.0


The Eastern Box Turtle is North Carolina’s state reptile, and the North Carolina Arboretum is celebrating with its 3rd annual Box Turtle Day!

Just a little aside here: … State reptile??!!? … Is there anything states won’t pick an official representative of? Not that the box turtle doesn’t deserve it. It totally does. I’m just constantly amazed at all the official pies, birds, books, cars, cats, … and reptiles … to name just a few!

Ok. Back to Box Turtle Day.

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