Monday, August 11, 2014

Look What Crossed My Path

I, Sweet William The Scot, went out my door and there going across my driveway in my fenced in yard was something I had never seen.  I had to go and get Lee to show her.  Lee said it had been years since she saw one.
The Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina) is one of two species of box turtles found in the United States. It is the only "land turtle" found in North Carolina and is also the state reptile.
Ranger I found your turtle.
I think Mr. Box Turtle is looking at me!
Mr. Box Turtle was very interested in me and no matter where Lee sat him down he crawled right over to my side.  I will protect you buddy and don't worry Lee won't hurt you.
Box turtles are extremely long lived, slow to mature, and have relatively few offspring per year. These characteristics, along with a propensity to get hit by cars, make the box turtle a species particularly susceptible to human-induced problems.
  Don't worry Mr. Box Turtle I won't hurt you.  Well I guess he is a male.  Lee found this  "The females have brown heads and their legs have yellow scales. The eyes of male are red and the females are brown".
 Look me in the eye turtle, are your eyes red?  Yep red! 
Lee put him in a pot to keep him safe.

 The Eastern is bigger than the Western Box Turtle.  We grow something bigger than Texas ~ take that Sully.
 Box turtles have been prevalent in Ohio’s history for centuries. Native Americans used the turtle for a variety of purposes. Their meat was eaten and the shells were used for bowls, ladles, ceremonial rattles.
Well I got to let my turtle go so he can enjoy life.  They say they don't do good taken away from their stomping grounds.  Well if you stay here the kids for sure are going to catch you or a lawn mower will get you.  Turtles can live in a variety of different habitats, they are most abundant and healthy in moist forested areas with plenty of underbrush.
This is the perfect area for Mr. Box Turtle.
I am going to take him to 125-acre Stanbery Park,  where there is lots of moist forested areas with plenty of underbrush and is one fourth mile from here. 
Gotta go for a ride to take Mr. Turtle to a safer home.
You can get out Mr. Box Turtle.  Your going to live here now.
Hope you like your new home in the big woods Mr. Box Turtle.
Take a good look around Mr. Box Turtle.
Good job you are heading East into the deeper underbrush.
Maybe some day when we walk this path I will see you again friend.
Till then I will always have my pictures of us together.

Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of mine
Signing Off 
Sweet William The Scot

Pssssss ~ Rockin' Wills will be in the Blogville Safety Parade today and I will be on Blogville's the Howl Non Serious Radio 469.5 on Saturday.  So you be sure to look for me and give me a HOWL.
Be sure to HOWL at my band members on the vehicle behind me.
Band members Kyla Scott, Bentley Brice and Little Dui.


  1. Oh Sweet William! What a nice little friend you have there. Too bad he couldn't have stayed in your yard so you two could play ball together. But I do hope your paths will cross again and he'll remember the day he met you.

  2. Ding-Ding-Ding! You found yourself a new friend, Sir William! Why, that box turtle seems to really like you. I love your photo together. Maybe you Lee could print and frame it for you; it is, after all, a sweet photo. See you later this week for Safety posts and celebrations! Wooof-hoo!

  3. He is a wonderful turtle - but you need to do some more reading - you should NEVER move turtles from the area you find them in. We know you want to make him safe and away from cars - but he could die of hunger and thirst if you take him away from what he knows. They have their own little territories and moving them can disorientate them and they will not know where there favorite water and food areas are.

    1. Hi guys ~ I did my research turtles usually have a home range with a diameter of 750 feet . The park is 2,640 feet from my home.
      I think this turtle had been in captivity because he did not go back in his shell for Lee or Wills. He talked the entire time he was with us. We did the best we could with him. A concrete pad could not be his home.

  4. Mom said that little turtle brought back lots of childhood memories. Thanks for sharing.

    Aroo to you,

  5. Hmm-I had a tought but it would never work. The turtle and Kharma-no, won't happen.

  6. You and Reilly and Denny are EACH correct about turtles(tortoises) They SHOULD NOT be moved... UNLESS there is a VERY GOOD reason and of course you had a GOOD REASON... This one May have ALREADY been moved and is in search of a PROPER home. He is LUCKY that you came to his rescue.
    The only time we move one is when we find it IN the Road... and then we take it across in the exact direction it was headed... IF it is safe to stop and help him or her across.
    You did a GRAND thingy in helping your new buddy to get to a SAFE PLACE.
    It is sort of strange... MANY turtles (as we all call them) actually are very CURIOUS and don't mind peeps or pups.. after they are sure they won't be Teased.
    Where our dad used to work... he had a turtle furend named BERT... and every day... Bert would come and eat some of dad's LUNCH... and Dad taught him to Sit up and BEG.. Dad kept Water out fur Bert Butt when Bert saw dad pour his COFFEE... he figured that LUNCH was over... and he would turn around and SLOWLY walk away. Bert stayed around there fur over 5 years..

  7. That was nice to bring the turtle to a safe place... although Hell-mut hoped you will bring it to him lol. He got big eyes as he read about the turtles (except that part of the meat and the rattles). That was interesting, many thanks Lee&William. I'm there on saturday to rock and roll to your fabulous music!

  8. Wow what a find and so glad you took him somewhere that is safe.
    Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  9. You are so lucky to get to meet a Mr. Turtle friend! He is most handsome!


  10. Oh Sweet William that was such a lovely post. Mr Eastern Box Turtle was so lucky to meet you and Lee. Gail and I have no doubt he is now happily settled in his safe new home in the Stanbery Park undergrowth. Perhaps, every once in a while, he will think back with fondness to his precious time with his Scottie pal.
    Toodle pip!

  11. In my part of the woods we have big old Eastern Shore Snapping Turtles. NO way do you want to get near them as they will bite. Lee and Sweet William did a very kind thing by taking your friend to the park to be away from cars and unfriendly people and pets.

  12. Don't mean to burst your bubble, Sweet William, but we gets 3 kinds of box turtles here,including that one!... once Momma had one in her front yard in San Antonio that was as big as an army helmet! And as far as size, we gets dose sea turtles dat can weigh as much as 400 lbs!!!

  13. I think dat guy was one of dem Ornate Box Turtles... whut a purdy shell he has!

  14. Lucky that turtle ran into you! We saw you at the parade. Did you see us waving a paw at you??

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley
    Mayorz For All Paws

  15. Mom sees lots of turtles in the park she walks in. We also have ginormous loggerhead turtles that nest on our beach!!

    The Safety week parade was pawsome. Madi's speech was fantastic!!

    The Florida Furkids

  16. Cool ride SW, hope that box turtle lives to be like a hundred years old, betcha he always remembers you!

    We are ready for some tunes buddy!

    Your Bestie Furpals
    Susie & Sidebite

  17. You brought back some wonderful memories for HER. SHE used to capture them in VA as a child, keep them for a short time and let them go. Sometimes they'd put a spot of nail polish on the shell to see if they could find them later. Love those little creatures.

  18. What a pretty turtle! We have lots of painter turtles because of our ponds but we rarely see a box turtle. That's really special!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  19. OMD….. you found Boxy? When I 1st met him I rolled him over and over cuz I thought he was a new ball. Tell him I said HI. I'm sure he'll remember his as da scot dat made him dizzy.

  20. Crikey .... that's the best lookin' turtle I've EVER seen. What a pretty little bloke!! You did good making him safe. We find lots of turtles on the roads here in spring in Australia. Mum and Dad always stop and help them to the other side of the road and have kept some as pets that have been injured. They release them when they recover.

  21. What a very cool turtle. We are glad you helped him be safe.

  22. Wow! We bark turtles in our back yard. Your turtle is really pretty, so he probably wasn't the ninja kind that we encounter. Cool wheels! Bentley & Pierre

  23. OMD, he is mighty handsome Sweet William!!! I am soooo glads he ran into you and Lee, so he can find a new home and live a happy happy life in the FABulous woods!
    I'm glads you'll always have the memories and the pics of you and your turtle!
    Ruby ♥

  24. We got sea turtles in Texas, beat dat for size. :)

  25. Cute turtle. He has such pretty colors on his shell.

  26. I've never seen a turtle with such a pretty shell like yours before. I bet that turtle wanted to say hi, and is grateful you brought him to a new environment.

  27. Oh he is beautiful indeed! and I am sure he will make a lovely home to where you moved him Sweet William :) Echidnas are he same here very territorial..but if they are in danger then they need to be moved on :) and this little guy is lucky you helped him :) hugs and loves Fozziemum

  28. Sweet William just want to say to BIG Thank You for including me in your MacLowland Scottish Band. Have a grand time in the Parade. Can't wait to Crank It Up later.
    Your Friend Bentley

  29. Can't wait to hear this new band. Your turtle friend is very beautiful. I'm sure he is enjoying his new park with lots of trees and foliage.

  30. Wow! That turtle had really pretty colors. Ours out this way are all sort of brownish.

    Monty and Harlow

  31. WOW, I have never seen one of those before. He was so cool. he was pretty colorful thats for sure!!


  32. Wow, that is the coolest turtle ever. Wish we had pretty turtles...wish we had turtles!

    Wyatt and Stanzie