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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-27-2005, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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hey, this isn't our "pet" per se`, but it stopped by and was under our truck. such a beautiful critter!







anyone know anything about it?? We have a creek behind our house....maybe it came from there??

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-28-2005, 10:13 PM
 
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Its a male eastern box turtle. They are a protected species. They are mainly terrestrial although they like to live near water. I LOOOOOOVE those guys. They are gorgeous and very friendly critters.
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He's gorgeous. You said he was under your truck? Is there any way you can relocate him further away from possible traffic? That's the number one killer of turtles.
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it's a protected species?? really. well, it sure is beutifully marked.

yeah, there is a creek and an ''island', grassy , type area behind our house.... we put it back there. i hope it's ok. we were wondering how it got in our driveway! Are they allowed to be pets?

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Goregous Guy!!! He dosen't even look like he's afraid of you taking his picture!

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i know i hope he wasn't a pet that was dumped.....that we put back in the forrest. lol hope hes ok

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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-06-2005, 03:29 AM
 
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Are they allowed to be pets?
It depends on where you live. They're protected differently in different states. Here in MD, you're allowed to have 1 wild caught eastern box turtle, but if you have any more than that, then you need a permit. I know several bix turtle subspecies are available through the pet trade. I can't remember if the eastern is one of them though. I happen to have a male eastern as well though.
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All the box turtle subspecies are pretty readily available in the pet trade, the gulf coast box turtle probably being the least commonly available, but ornates, easterns, and three-toeds are all very common. Over collection is putting significant stress on their wild populations just about everywhere they range. States like Texas (which is home to the three-toed, the ornate, and the desert box turtles) have thus far refused to protect them at all. It is most unfortunate, because they are disappearing at an alarming rate, and the wild population cannot sustain the current rate of collection. Studies have shown that even a 10% drop in the adult population of an area can set them back as a species for decades. Seeding populations with relocated turtles doesn't work, because box turtles have a very strong homing instinct. The vast majority end up wandering off from the suitable habitat and dying. All in all, its really quite a sad situation that conservation groups are trying hard to get some attention addressed to, but thus far aren't having much luck.

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