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By Lynn M. Stone

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32 The male and a female eastern box turtles may have used their senses to find one another. The male is the one with the red eyes. BOX TURTLE SENSES Box turtles find food mainly by seeing it. Scientists aren’t sure how sharp box turtles’ vision is, but a box turtle sees well enough to recognize sudden drop-offs, obstacles on its path, and the movements of prey. And they apparently respond to colors well enough to know a ripe berry from a green one. Box turtles can hear, but it is not known whether they hear in the manner that people do.

Most people don’t realize they may be breaking a state law by keeping a box turtle. But beyond the legal issue, very few people have the living space or the knowledge to take proper care of a box 42 turtle. Box turtles are wild animals, and they are best left in the wild exactly where they were found. The box turtle is one of nature’s unique creations and a natural part of North America’s wetlands, prairies, and forests. Our efforts to keep those places wild will help keep these fascinating little reptiles with the boxy shells out and about for centuries to come.

Meanwhile, the yolk continues to feed the baby. The yolk even nourishes the hatchling for its first few days out of the egg. The turtle’s body normally absorbs the yolk sac within a week. For baby box turtles in northern regions, the yolk is the hatchling’s nourishment for its torpid period during the coming winter. Young box turtles must spend their early months and years well hidden. A young box turtle’s shell is fairly soft. It hardens with age. The dull, earth colors of the baby turtles’ soft, silver dollarsized shells help conceal them.

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