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I was turkey hunting yesterday in Morris County when I came across this neat box turtle. I snapped a couple of pics with my cell phone before I picked him up knowing he would close up. Sure enough, after I took the pics and picked him up, he did just that. I put him back where he was and let him go on his way. I also found 2 in September while looking for a deer. I found those 2 within a half hour of each other and within a couple hundred yards. :)
 

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Thats a big female....nice....she should egg soon....[up]
 

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Cool picture. I came across this one on the 2nd, but he/she was locked up tight and wouldn't come out :(

 

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Cool pic. I had a trail camera pic of one last year. It was eating some bait I had down and a squirrel set off the camera. It was very hard to see the turtle in the pic, but he was there.
 

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I saw two crossing Morris turnpike on Monday. Traffic stopped, a contractor hopped out and carried them across the road.[up] Quite a few in this area, always fun to see. Should see some snappers near water too soon right[confused]
 

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The male has a central concave area in the rear lobe of the plastron, while the female has a flatter or more convex plastron. Most males have red eyes; females have yellow-brown eyes.

That picture does not show the red eyes of the male.
 

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[smoke][up][smoke][up]
 

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And the plastron would be what?
Top of the shell is the Carapace and the bottom half of the shell is the Plastron. "Plastron" could be a Star Trek gizmo .... "Scotty - energize the plastron and give these Romulans what fer...." [rofl][rofl]
 

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As a child 30+ years ago I would find a box turtle about once a week while playing and hiking in several sections of woods in my town. In the last 15+ years I think I only saw one while hunting in the fall and then just the last 2 years have come across 3. I saved one crossing a road last year and assisted it to the other side into a field.

My son loves turtles and it is great to see them out there and maybe making a comeback.
 

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Almost stepped on one last year, good thing I looked down. Looked like he was trying to find a spot to hibernate, since it was the end of Oct., And a chilly day to boot.
 
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