Yesterday evening I was carrying in the groceries when I saw a new visitor headed up my drive towards my sidewalk. She was so brightly colored that, at first, I thought she was a male.Eastern Box Turtle Terrapene carolina

Eastern Box Turtle Terrapene carolina

I set the groceries down and took a closer look. Her eyes were a pretty brown.

Eastern Box Turtle Terrapene carolina
Eastern Box Turtle Terrapene carolina

I gently picked her up and looked at her plastron. It was flat indicating she was definitely a female.

Eastern Box Turtle Terrapene carolina
Eastern Box Turtle Terrapene carolina

Setting her back exactly where I found her, I wondered what she had been eating to leave the dirt on her beak. Maybe a nice worm.

Eastern Box Turtle Terrapene carolina
Eastern Box Turtle Terrapene carolina

The day before, my husband pointed out this mushroom with a turtle-sized bite missing from it. I think we may have found the source. I hope it isn’t one toxic to turtles. Maybe it didn’t taste good, since it was only missing one bite.

She seemed very healthy and later crossed my drive to crawl into the woods alongside our house. I looked for her this morning but didn’t see her again.

Eastern Box Turtle
Eastern Box Turtle Terrapene carolina

There were many mushrooms in the direction she crawled. I will definitely be looking for more turtle size bites.

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