A Little Turtle...Ummmm?...
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Boy oh BOY! Is this blog going to be F-U-N-N-Y!
I'm not sure if we should rate this blog 'G' or...'R?'
'R' for mature over 18 turtle audience! Hahahahaha!
Yep...just when you think you have seen it all. You never, ever have truly seen it all. Like...rescuing two box turtles that most likely were going to either get run over by bikes on the trail or eaten by prey. Why not do another turtle-friendly deed? Turtle aid to the rescue!
Unlike the snapping turtles that we rescued over the summer. At least box turtles don't bite. They are 'usually' pretty mellow and have a really bright, colorful shell! These two are actually a male and female box turtle.
So...you know where 'R' for over 18 turtle audience is about to come into play! Hahahahahaha!
Myself and Eric have no clue when it comes to the box turtle mating season. Nor have we ever encountered mating in the process. All 3+ hours of it! How do we know? Because after leaving the trail with them mating. We returned 3 hours later to walk Snoreo one final time for the evening. Over 3 hours later...the turtles were still...ummmm...shell-to-shell. HA!
Oh yes! Not only did we rescue these box turtles who soon enough will have lots of little baby box turtles. But as we made our way back down the trail, these two were...well...coming out of their shells. So to speak! HAHAHAHAHA! We are still laughing at the mere thought of Mr. Turtle literally having more stamina than most likely any other specie from the reptile family. Most likely...more stamina than most humans-huMEN. Minus Viagra.
Hahahahaha! Okay. I don't care who you are! That there was F-U-N-N-Y!
So...if they instantly become internet stars and begin profiting from this 'R' rated turtle mating photo. Would it be considered sold as a 'box' set? Hahahahaha! A box turtle set?. BAH! Yep! We just had to go there! Hahahahaha!
On a far more serious note...who really knows much about these box turtles?. Whether alone knowing much about their mating season? We sure learned something new today! A mere rescue of two spunky box turtles that will one day turn into a large box turtle family!
Talk about coming out of your shell! Heeheeheehee!
Box turtles can be very aggressive with their mating. When the male mounts the female he often will try to bite her head and front legs.
The male locks his feet inside the females shell and begins copulating. At this point he flips over in his back.
They stay coupled for up to 3 hours. The female will often drag the male around. Afterwards the male walks off as if nothing happened.
As far as egg laying. Box turtles lay eggs at the end of the summer. The eggs hatch in the fall and the hatchlings over winter in the nest or the eggs hatch in the spring.
Box turtle eggs hatch at 70-140 days. Depending on the incubation temperature. They may stay in the egg shell absorbing yolk for up to 5 days. Most live off the yolk for a few weeks. During this time they show no interest in food.
During the time the rest of the yolk sack is absorbed. At around 10 days they come out and start exploring. Hatchlings begin eating in 1-4 weeks. They are strongly attracted to movement. In the wild, 60% or more of their diet is composed of animal matter. some of the 'animal' matter they eat in the wild includes: slugs, snails, worms, grubs, caterpillars, beetles, pill bugs, sow bugs, centipedes, crickets, grasshoppers, spiders, flies, crawfish and carrion. Essentially, if they can catch it, they will eat it.
The normal clutch size is 1-7 eggs per nest.
The average life span of adult box turtles is 50 years, while a significant portion lives over 100 years!
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Updated: September 29, 2017 6:00 AM EDT