Did you know that box
Turtles are sociable? They sometimes hang out together without any
apparent mating or territorial maneuvering going on.
Did you know that Female
Box Turtles have much larger home ranges than males do? (Up to 50 acres
vs. 7 acres or less.) This may be because the females sometimes travel
long distances pretty fast when the time comes to lay their eggs. Take
a look at that long, skinny red polygon above as an example of
A male box turtle, on the other hand, might spend his entire summer under the same blackberry bush subsisting on fallen fruit, worms, and bugs. Perhaps this is why male turtles have lower levels of stress hormones in their blood than females do?
discovered all this and more with the help of both human and canine
field assistants who found, tagged, then revisited several test
subjects over the course of last year. She shared her findings at the
Athens Public Library Saturday and, impressively, one of four teenage
neighbors willingly sat through the entire hour.