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Advice on Injured Eastern Box Turtles

Discussion in 'Turtles' started by ajvw, Jun 25, 2006.

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  1. mshrmheadcharge

    mshrmheadcharge Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

    Glad to hear turt #2 is doing better!! Definatley post pics once you pick her up!
  2. ajvw

    ajvw Subscribed User

    Here she is, all patched up and ready for release!


    We let her go in the woods and she promptly disappeared, so hopefully she's got a fighting chance to survive and breed some future year.
  3. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Well you have definately given her a lot better head start than she would have had otherwise!
    And if you happen to see her again you will KNOW its her!
  4. mshrmheadcharge

    mshrmheadcharge Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

    She does look alot better! Youve done a great thing for her :D
  5. tchan1224

    tchan1224 Active Member

    Very good news!!

    Are these two the same specie of box turtle? Which specie is that?

    Isn't a concave plastron a sign for a male?
  6. furryscaly

    furryscaly Elite Member

    Typically yes. Males will have either a flat or concave plastron, whereas females will have a flat or convex plastron. The concave plastron better allows the male to fit atop the female's domed shell, and the convex plastron of females allows for better egg carriage. It's not a sure thing though, just a guidline. Eastern box turtles such as these are extremely easy to sex though. Males are much brighter in coloration and have red eyes, while the females are dull with brown eyes. Males' heads are often larger in comparison with the rest of the body as well (further evidence that men are smarter than women ;)), and have much brighter and extensive patterning on the head. Females have a relatively plain head by comparison. Yay for sexual dimorphism :D

    For comparison with the above female, this is a male eastern box turtle. His coloration is awfully vibrant even for his sex though.
  7. ajvw

    ajvw Subscribed User

    You're right, tchan -- the second turtle was a male. My mistake! I'm a turtle newbie! (Actually, I'm a herp newbie all around...)
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