Dunn Woods Memories

Dunn Woods, Natural Heart of IU

June 15, 2016
by mitch
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Eastern Box Turtles

The eastern box turtle, Terrapene carolina, has found a home in Dunn Woods. I found one crossing a path in the woods back on September 2015. I thought at the time that it may have been a transient, but I think I was wrong. Box turtles generally stay within a mile or so of their hibernation nest, even though a DNR study done in Morgan-Monroe and Yellowwood forests in 2010-11 found a transient individual who traveled 5 miles in a straight path. But in general they stick to their neighborhoods

So imagine my surprise when last night while riding home, I found not one, but two box turtles on the main path running through the woods. I imagined that they were siblings,

Eastern box turtle, Terrapene carolina carolina

Eastern box turtle, Terrapene carolina carolina

Eastern box turtle, Terrapene carolina carolina

Eastern box turtle, Terrapene carolina carolina

Eastern box turtle, Terrapene carolina carolina

Eastern box turtle, Terrapene carolina carolina