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  •  That business about not moving (11+ / 0-)

    tortoises is true of other kinds of turtles as well.WE became the "people" for an Eastern Box Turtle, and we were told the same thing - their habitats are so localized that you're never supposed to release them elsewhere. I believe they may have also said that they carry very site-specific parasites, that if they were released in another turtle's territory, might endanger the indigenous turtle.

    "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

    by sidnora on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 04:31:49 AM PDT

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    •  I've rescued several box turtles (21+ / 0-)

      Ten years ago they built a huge school addition on the hill across the road from me. In addition to being overpriced and completely unnecessary, it destroyed habitat in an area much larger than the building's footprint. That included mine, btw, as they ran their drainage pipes off the back of the hill and I get flooded regularly by all their rain runoff. But I digress.

      During construction, I kept seeing box turtles crossing the road at the bottom of the hill. I always stopped and picked them up. First to keep them from getting run over, and secondly to transport them over to my place because I knew their homes had just been destroyed. I called ODNR, btw, to make sure this would be okay, and they told me as long as I wasn't moving them more that half a mile, it was cool.

      All five of them are still living on my hillside where they have tree cover, two spring ponds and all the snails they can eat.

      Meddle not in the affairs of dragons... for thou art crunchy and good with ketchup.

      by Pariah Dog on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 05:06:13 AM PDT

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      •  You are a good steward. (4+ / 0-)
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      •  Good Karma! (2+ / 0-)
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        It is good to have good Karma.

        I stopped and picked one out of the middle of the road one day.    It was out in the river bottoms, and there was plenty of habitat around.   I guess he just felt he needed to be across the road, so I gave him a little help.

        I hear that there are evil people who actually TRY to hit them.   I can't really comprehend it.  Maybe it's an urban legend.    

        I hope.

      •  That's wonderful! (1+ / 0-)
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        Our turtle came to us at least second-hand, maybe even worse than that. He'd been in the custody of my teacher husband's paraprofessional, and she didn't want to be bothered anymore. She brought him to school to be the class mascot, and after a few years she refused to bring him back home for holidays, so we started hosting him. Then she left the school, and the LH left the classroom, so Mr. Daisy came to live with us full-time.

        So we couldn't return him to the wild, because we really had no idea where she'd gotten him from.

        "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

        by sidnora on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 05:33:08 PM PDT

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