Box turtles

Richard Jensen rjensen at SAINTMARYS.EDU
Fri Sep 16 14:40:15 CDT 2005

For those herpetologists on the list - our secretary brought in a turtle she
found here in South Bend, IN.  I didn't take a careful look and a colleague
thought it was an unusual form of the eastern box.  I was looking at it
today and the markings were just not right for an eastern or western box.
Then I remembered having seen, years ago, a three-toed box turtle.  Sure
enough, that's what we've got.

Here's my question: Are we safe in assuming that someone brought this turtle
back from a trip to MO, AR, TX, or some other part of its range?  And, what
should we do with this critter (other than make a museum specimen out of him
- the turtle in question does appear to be male)?


Dick J.
Richard J. Jensen              | tel: 574-284-4674
Department of Biology      | fax: 574-284-4716
Saint Mary's College         | e-mail: rjensen at
Notre Dame, IN 46556    |

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