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Culpeper Times • July 12-18, 2018

HOME & GARDEN Here comes another one just like the other one? Between rains, which most reptiles avoid, I’ve had two sightings of box turtles this year where I live — one as I was driving down the driveway, the other in the yard next to my house. While I couldn’t stop to check out the one in the driveway, I did take a good look at the one in the yard and wondered if I’d seen it before. The turtle was digging for food under the sod, judging by the disturbed earth beneath its rear end and the dirt on its beak. Turtles have a varied diet, and it could have been going after the earthworms or grubs that are plentiful there. I hated to disturb the turtle but wanted to check its gender, so I carefully lifted it up, looked at 2018_3rdThur_Ad_TIMES_JUL.pdf 1

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the plastron (bottom shell) without turning it over, since that can be very disconcerting for turtles. The plastron was concave, which indicated the turtle was a male. The depression is to accommodate the male’s mounting the female during mating. Both the plastron and the carapace (top shell) of a box turtle are made from fused bones. This turtle was shy even before I picked it up, barely sticking his out his nose when I tried to photograph him. I decided to sit down and wait until he came out, but the brief lull in the rain that got me outside ended, and I headed inside. Virginia’s native box turtle, which I’ve always loved and, as a kid, kept as a pet, was officially known as the eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina) then. But the recent advent of DNA testing led to its being reclassified in 2012 as a subspecies, Terrapene carolina carolina, by a ➤ See Wild, Page 9 5/19/18 2:51 PM

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