I found this guy slowly traversing my yard the other day. Slow, that is, until he noticed me. You know all that stuff about turtles being slow and all that? Total garbage. I was shocked how fast this turtle was moving to get away from me.
Now, I usually don’t make a habit of chasing poor creatures around, but I actually had a reason. The way my yard is situated turns it into a type of trap, if you will. Animals can get in but not out on account of a fence and a retaining wall. I’ve had stray dogs and even deer trapped in my back yard before. I did catch this turtle, after lots of hissing (yes they hiss…and bite), and set it free beyond the fence.
The box turtle is pretty common in the Cincinnati area if you know where to find them. They generally eat insects, worms, and many different types of vegetation. And here’s a really amazing characteristic… they have an average life span of 50 years. Based on that, this very well could have been the same turtle I saw years ago in the same spot… who knows.