Husband Walter discovered this not-quite-grown box turtle in our yard recently. It was about three and a half inches long, a lot smaller than a couple other turtles sharing our address.
|Resident box turtle (Photo by Walter Skupien)|
A Georgia Museum of Natural History article on box turtle natural history here said that mating can occur anytime between March and November. Mom usually lays 4-5 eggs in a flask-shaped nest in a sandy or loamy location that is open and elevated.
The article also said that eggs hatch in about 70-80 days, usually September through October. The hatchlings may overwinter in the nest.
Those facts eliminate the theory that Junior was the result of the amorous turtles’ 2014 spring fling. He still could be their offspring from an earlier season.
And, according to the museum’s Internet article, it will be 5 to 10 years before Junior becomes interested in reptilian romance.
Best wishes on continued survival, Junior.
Thank you to Husband Walter for photos.