Box Turtles are often active this time of year. We find them in our yards and crossing the streets. Some fun facts about our reptile friends.
- They live about 40 to 60 years on average. Some may live as old as 100 years.
- Box turtles need to eat both vegetables and living creatures to stay healthy. They often catch and eat worms and crickets.
- Turtles live in a one-mile radius their entire life. If moved, they can become stressed and will attempt to find their way back home.
- Box turtles do swim, but they do not live in the water.
- After mating, the females will lay between 2 to 8 eggs. They will dig a nest with her hind legs, lay the eggs, and leave. The mama turtle will not guard the nest. It takes 70-120 days for the babies to hatch.
- Another Box Turtle fact: a male turtle’s eyes are usually red while a females’ eyes are brown.
If you come across a turtle, give it some room and enjoy its company. The Box Turtle will move on, and hopefully will be back again another day.